Archive for July, 2014
The Wren’s Nest and a Disney Legend
The Wren’s Nest had the honor of bringing Mr. Floyd Norman and his wife Adrienne to Atlanta in October. Mr. Norman was the first African American animator at Disney and worked alongside Walt Disney himself. During his time in Atlanta this week, Mr. Norman gave talks at Auburn Avenue Research Library and Emory University, and was interviewed on CNN Morning Express with Natasha Curry. Many thoughtful and engaging conversations were shared between Mr. and Mrs. Norman and the Wren’s Nest staff and Board members. He and his wife also spent a great deal of time exploring the Wren’s Nest and listening to our storytellers.
Mayor Kasim Reed and the City of Atlanta presented Mr. Norman with official greetings during his visit.
Since his return to his home in California, Floyd Norman has written a couple of blog posts inspired by his experience in Atlanta with the Wren’s Nest, which he called “enlightening”. Read Mr. Normans’ entries on “Song of the South” here and here, and about the Fox Theatre here.