About Zora Neale Hurston
Probably the most significant collector and interpreter of Southern, African American culture, Zora Neale Hurston™ (1891-1960) is the dominant female voice of the Harlem Renaissance era. In her works, she celebrates her hometown, Eatonville, as representative of the dignity and beauty of rural Southern, African-American life and culture. A consummate storyteller, she brings to her readers an authenticity based on her primary research.
Zora has enjoyed a revival of interest since the 1970’s due in large part to the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker; Robert Hemenway, her literary biographer; and most recently, Valerie Boyd’s biography Wrapped in Rainbows.
Her legacy is a phenomenon which has undergone remarkable development and expansion in recent decades, embracing among others, topics in ethnic identity, social interaction, feminist theory and cultural continuity. Her unique insights into folklore, performance and creative expression have invited new interpretation and inspired emulation, while the corpus of her own works has grown as a result of research and discovery.
Year-Long Celebration Concept
The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.), a non-profit, tax-exempt historic preservation and arts organization whose mission is to enhance the resources of Eatonville, Florida, popularly known as the oldest incorporated African American municipality in the United States and the hometown of writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston; to educate the public about Eatonville’s historic and cultural significance; and to use the community’s heritage and cultural vibrancy for its economic development.
In keeping with our mission, P.E.C. has reached out to sister institutions in certain cities where there is a “Zora Neale Hurston footprint,” either because of her personal biography and/or because there is an already identified core base of support for the celebration of her life and work.
We view “Zora Neale Hurston 125” as an excellent opportunity to remind a national audience of the impact of her writings and though our organization can offer no financial support to others’ endeavors, we are prepared to do all we can to assist with and to promote the programming which they will present. Year-Long Celebration Concept
Contact: N. Y. Nathiri