P.E.C. Loses A Champion
Ruford Shepherd was a dedicated member of the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.); a leader of the P.E.C.’s Yards & Gardens Club of Historic Eatonville; a leader in the organization, always ready to do what he could to advance P.E.C.’s mission.
Shepherd was a highly respected P.E.C. “Ambassador”, locally as well as in Durham, North Carolina and Tuskegee, Alabama. THE EXPERT on ALL Physical Plant matters regarding the management and “on-the-ground” operations for the annual ZORA! Festival, he served on the Festival’s Executive Staff for decades. He will be sorely missed.
WHEN: Saturday, September 25, 10:00 AM EST
WHERE: Redeeming Light Center Church, 109 Washington Street in Eatonville
Join Us For The P.E.C. Annual Business Meeting
Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Time: 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Via Zoom (link will be provided after registration)
The P.E.C. Annual Business Meeting
SERAPH ON THE SUWANEE
Date: November 20, 2021, 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Cocoa M. Williams
Professor English at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA
Cocoa M. Williams
Professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA
Cocoa M. Williams received her PhD in African American Literary and Cultural Studies with a minor concentration in American Modernism and Black Diasporic Modernisms at Florida State University. Her research interests include African American women’s literature, black modernity, modern African American art, black digital humanities, museum studies, black film studies, and folklore. Her dissertation project explores the impact of museum culture on African American arts and letters. She holds a B.A. in English (2005) and a B.A. in Philosophy (2005) from Valdosta State University, and she completed an M.A. in English at Clemson University in 2007.
Cocoa Williams is the recipient of the J. Russell Reaver Award for Outstanding Dissertation in American Literature or Folklore, McKnight Dissertation Fellowship, P.E.O. Scholar Award, the Ruth Yost Memorial Scholarship, among others. Dr. Williams is also a published poet. Her poetry has been published in Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose, Ninth Letter, College Language Association Journal and December Magazine. Dr. Williams is currently teaching at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA .