Today I am back with one of my author fun facts post’s and with everything going on right now I decided to do this post about an influential African American author. I feel like these amazing authors are getting lost because not a lot of people speak about them, and because of the way the world is today. I don’t judge a person by the way they look, but by their character and heart. I was first introduced to Zora Neale Hurston when for school we read “When their eyes were watching God”. I have been thinking a lot about that book recently, and decided I wanted to know more about her.
Here are some facts that I was able to find about this amazing author:
- She was born on January 7, 1891 in Alabama
- She became a fixture of New York City’s Harlem Renaissance, due to her novels like Their Eyes Were Watching God and shorter works
- Her novels, short stories, and plays often depicted African American life in the South
- In 1934, she established a school of dramatic arts at Bethune-Cookman College
- She wrote about Eatonville in her stories and praised it as a place where black Americans could live without the strictures of white society
- She described her experiences of living in Eatonville as a child in the 1928 essay, “How it feels to Be Colored Me”
- She was one of the founding members of Zeta Phi Beta, an international historically black sorority
- She co-founded the student newspaper, The Hilltop
- In 1936 and 1937 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to work in Jamaica and Haiti, the results of which she used in her 1938 book, Tell My Horse
- When she died on January 28,1960, her body was buried in an unmarked grave, which in later years Alice Walker searched until she found the grave, and marked it with a marker so everyone could find where she was buried
I hoped you learned something you didn’t know about this wonderful author, and if you haven’t read Their Eyes Were Watching God, I suggest you do because it is very good, and you may learn something. If you know any fun fact about this amazing author that was not listed, please feel free to place it in the comments below!