Hattitude Luncheon / Tea Time with Zora

Celebrate Zora Neale Hurston’s Love of Hats

At Annual Hattitude Luncheon

The Zora Neale Hurston Florida Education Foundation will be celebrating the famed Harlem Renaissance author’s love of hats during its annual Hattitude luncheon – Tea Time with Zora.

The luncheon is Saturday, June 30, 2012, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Fort Pierce Yacht Club, 700 No Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce.  Tickets are $35 per person and can be obtained from Foundation Chair Linda Henderson at (772) 971-1744.  Hats are required for each guest.

Hurston, named the Queen of the Harlem Renaissance, was known for her love of hats.  In fact, it is difficult to find photos of the famed author without a hat.  Hurston’s most famous book, Their Eyes Were Watching God, celebrates the 75th anniversary of its printing in September.

Hurston came to Fort Pierce in 1957, following a lengthy career as an author and an anthropologist.  Many of her books concentrate on her anthropological studies.  Locally, she was a part-time 9th grade English teacher at Lincoln Park Academy, an all-black school at the time, and she worked as a columnist for The Chronicle, an all-black newspaper, in Fort Pierce.

She died on January 28, 1960 and was buried in Sarah’s Memorial Garden in Fort Pierce.  Her gravesite is a dedication to her life and is one of the stops on the Zora Neale Hurston Dust Tracks Heritage Trail.  She was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 1990.

For additional information and luncheon reservations, contact 772-971-1744.


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