Zora Neale Hurston's 123rd Birthday
On January 7, 1891, one of the greatest storytellers, writers and authors that ever lived, was born in Notasulga, Alabama.
Writer of four novels, including "There Eyes were Watching God", written in 1937. Which was produced and turned into a movie by Oprah Winfrey in 2005 and starred Academy Award winner Halle Berry.
This story, is still one of the most powerful works of art ever written. She wrote over 50 short stories, plays and essays. Displaying talent that shined bright like a star in the night sky. During a time when people of color were facing difficult and challening times.
She studied at major universities like Morgan University, Howard University, where she studied Spanish, Greek and English. As well as public speaking. She earned her Associate's degree there as well.
In 1925, she received a scholarship to Barnard College, Columbia University. Where she received her B.A. in Anthropology in 1928. She received her degree at the age of 37 and was the Only Black student studying at that university, at the time.
She married twice. Her first marriage last a few years, while her second marriage, to a man 25 years younger than her, lasted for only a few months.
Ms. Hurston had a strong opinion and she was not one to let herself be silenced. She believed in speaking her mind and saying what she felt. And she made no apologies for it.
On this day, I think about the sacrifices that she made in order to follow her heart. In order to follow her dreams and in order to boldly write these stories. Stories that were considered controversial and stories that many people wished that she wouldn't have written. And I am sure that some of those people, were even people of color. I sm sure that there many voices that told her, not to write these bold and truthful stories. Stories that spoke truth and reality into the very veins of all those that listened and read her work. She refused to let those people get in her way and I admire that and I am proud.
So, oon this day, let us honor her and her work. Ms. Hurston was amazing and I am truly proud of her legacy!