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Making more dreams come true (DDA 2015)

Making more dreams come true March 19, 2015 Filed under METRO Posted by 8admin8 Nine Florida students  among 100 chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey, Essence BY PENNY DICKERSON SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER The selfless drive and passion to advance the dreams of America’s youth was celebrated March 5-8 at the eighth […]

Black Men who Motivate: The Power of a Dream (DDA 2015)

Black men who motivate: The power of a dream March 19, 2015 Filed under EDUCATION, METRO  BY PENNY DICKERSON SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Steve Harvey is credited with improving college attendance, career prospects, personal development for more than 8,000 youth who have graduated from his Disney Dreamers Academy (DDA) since its 2007 launch. Partnering […]

Florida’s “15 Teen” Disney Dreamers (DDA 2014)

    Dreams come true again March 27, 2014 Filed under EDUCATION, METRO   15 Florida teens in this year’s Dreamers Academy at Disney BY PENNY DICKERSON SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER The seventh annual Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine was held March 6-9 at Walt Disney World Resort, but before the first […]

The Mark of ZORA! (2014)

The Florida Times-Union ~ Jacksonville.com http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2014-01-21/story/festival-celebrates-talents-eatonville-author-zora-neale-hurston Festival celebrates talents of Eatonville author Zora Neale Hurston By Penny Dickerson Tue, Jan 21, 2014 @ 12:24 am | updated Tue, Jan 21, 2014 @ 12:32 am Zora Neale Hurston is perhaps best known for her 1937 book, “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” The mark of Zora Neale Hurston left an […]

ZORA! Festival 2013 “Sustaining a Culture of Color.”

 ZORA! Sustaining a culture of color February 7, 2013 Filed under METRO Annual multi-day festival celebrates life of folklorist Zora Neale Hurston with plenty of art, crafts, history Master Artist Charles Bibbs is renowned for his ability to bring the nuance of African-American culture to life through his visual artistry. The California resident’s work, like […]

Where Dreams Come True (DDA 2013)

WHERE DREAMS COME TRUE March 14, 2013 Filed under METRO Posted by admin   Florida teens participate in Disney Dreamers Academy hosted by Steve Harvey, Essence Magazine BY PENNY DICKERSON SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER High school students converged upon the state last week for the sixth annual Disney Dreamers Academy sponsored by Walt Disney […]

ZORA! A Hometown Celebration (2012)

For the second year, I’ve had the opportunity to cover the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts & Humanities for the Florida Courier. It is emphatically known by a two-syllable, exclamatory moniker: Zora! Not only is it one of my favorite festivals (and I am a professed festival junkie), it has a certain […]