A Novelists, Folklorists and Anthropologists was born in Notuslaga, Alabama January 7, 1891. The segregated state of Alabama had shown Zora Neale Hurston the thin line between whites and blacks or as she’d literally put it “Mules and Men.” Just like the novel she wrote in 1935. At age three she moved to Eatonville, Florida. The first black owned community free of racial tension.
There she played with the boys and her seven other brothers and sisters. Her father John Hurston a preacher and towns mayor for three terms was married to Lucy Hurston a mother of eight. Who lived and farmed in Eatonville while Zora attended Eatonville’s Hungerford School. After school she would make her way to Joe Clarks General Store a beat up wooden shack with goods and better people on the porch laughing and talking. Growing up she enjoyed boy games rather than dolls and dress up. She also was the closest child to her mother, always talking about life and stuff with her.
Until, at around age thirteen, when her mom died. Soon after the death she was moving from relative to relative until her father remarried. Then, the new wife kicked Zora out of the house. From Florida she traveled north to soon get a job with a travelling theatre company, while getting paid ten dollars a day. Then, she found Morgan’s Academy, in Baltimore where she got accepted and cherished by the dean because of a incredible literary piece.
After, completing high school she got accepted to Howard University while working as a part-time Manicurists. Four years after attending, she wrote a literary piece that received recognition in 1925. Next, she wrote another piece that got praised by New Yorks magazine, “Opportunity.” She was quickly drawn to New York by recognitions and publicity, so she moved there. In New York she attended many parties with other African American writers.
In the article How It feels to Be Colored Me, Zora Hurston describes her experiences being colored. She lived in a prominently colored town in Florida up until she was thirteen and she lived a great life. Everyone knew her; she was “their” Zora. Then, her mother passed away and Hurston was shipped off to boarding school. This, she said was the first time she became colored. Now, when I first read ...
Such as Langston Hughes and Jessie Fau set. In 1977 a biography written by Robert E. Hemenway gives his opinion on her as she graced through a party, “Brown skinned, big boned, with f reckless and high cheekbones, she was a striking woman, her dark brown eyes were both impish and intellegente, her voice was rich and black- with the map of Florida on her tongue” (Zora Neale Hurston, by: Paul Wit cover pg. 96).
Zora being controversial, attractive, and arcane.
Pored her roots, ethics, and feelings into her writing. As she played her significant role during the Harlem Renaissance. Through her adventurous life she wrote a number of literary pieces such as; Jonahs Gourd Vine in 1934, Mules and Men in 1935, Their Eyes Watching God in 1937, Tell my Horse, and her Autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road. All of her novels affiliated themselves with our black history and her life. Which ranged from slavery, to vol-doo, to political views that drowned black ethics and sometimes uplifted them.
Zora’s gift was her way of touching hearts and souls with words of truth and struggle. Her remaining days after her young literary days of writing and stardom, was spent receding in Ft. Pierce, Florida where she continued to write articles from a welfare house until she died January 28, 1960 in the good old country.