Conscious Thought: Driven by Intelligent Awareness
#BlackHistoryMonth Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960) This African-American folklorist, anthropologist, and author was born in Notasulga, Alabama and raised in Eatonville, Florida; one of the first all-black towns to be incorporated in the US. Her body of work consist of more than 50 published short stories, plays, essays and four novels including 1937’s ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’. She attended Morgan College, the high school division of Morgan State University, Howard University, Barnard College and Columbia University. She was one of the earliest initiates of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and co-founded The Hilltop at Howard University. During the Harlem Renaissance, a group of young black writers including Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Wallace Thurman, calling themselves the Niggerati, produced a literary magazine called Fire!! that featured many of the young artists and of that era. In 1934 she established a school of dramatic arts “based on pure Negro expression” at Bethune-Cookman University. In 1937, Hurston was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to conduct ethnographic research in Jamaica and Haiti. Tell My Horse (1938) documents her account of her fieldwork studying spiritual and cultural rituals in Jamaica and vodoun in Haiti. As her popularity began to wane, she was on the faculty of North Carolina College for Negroes in Durham, she wrote for Warner Brothers motion pictures, and for some time worked on staff at the Library of Congress. Sadly, after she passed in 1960, her remains were in an unmarked grave until 1973. Novelist Alice Walker and literary scholar Charlotte Hunt found an unmarked grave in the general area where Hurston had been buried, and decided to mark it as hers. Ms. Hurston never married or had any children. An amazing woman. I learned more about her after realizing we were both born on January 7th. Capricorns are awesome. I should know, I married one. Look her up.