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"GENIUS OF THE SOUTH"

NOVELIST• FOLKLORIST• ANTHROPOLOGIST  Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston was born in the town of Notasulga, Alabama on January 7, 1891.   Her father, (the son of a Baptist Minister) moved his family to Eatonville, Florida in 1894.  Eatonville was one of the first all-black community's incorporated in the United States in 1887.   Her father became Eatonville's Mayor in 1897 and in 1902 became minister of the largest church, Macedonia Missionary Baptist.

Hurston traveled the Caribbean and South America extensively to research cultural practices and conduct anthropological studies.  In 1956 Hurston was awarded the Bethune-Cookman College Award for Education and Human Relations in recognition of her achievements.

In addition to continuing her literary career,  Hurston served on the faculty of North Carolina College for Negroes (now North Carolina Central University) in Durham, North Carolina.

Zora Neale Hurston passed away January 28, 1960, and was buried at the Garden of Heavenly Rest in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Image: Wikipedia

"CULINARY PIONEER"

CULINARY ARTISAN • MENTOR •   Chef Jefferson Evans

In 1947, Jefferson Evans became the first African American to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America.  Evans accomplished his goal and earned his degree despite the many challenges faced.  Jeff overcame great cultural obstacles and did so,  well before the Civil Rights Act was passed.  Chef Evans was also honored in 1996 by the BCA at its Cultural Awareness Salute both as a name bearer and recipient of The Jefferson Evans Award which symbolizes the importance of discipline, consistency, and upholding high standards, presented to individuals that exhibit culinary excellence in the hospitality industry.  Chef Evans is currently retired and resides in Cheshire, Connecticut.

Sources:   Alex Askew President BCA Global Professional Chef, Consultant.
                  Jacob Valleau 3rd Business Development Manager at Blue Star Foods
Take a moment and listen to his fascinating story.

2019

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