Zora Neale Hurston

"Queen of Renaissance"

Biography and Impact

Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891. Hurston was the youngest of 8 children, and moved around a lot as a young child. Zora did not have an easy life, her mother died when Zora was only 9 years old. She grew farther away from her father as time passed, and her father quickly got remarried, pushing her even farther. By age 14, she was on her own, with her own job. She went to Morgan Academy for high school, and graduated early while setting a goal to go to Howard College. Zora made it into Howard College, and while excelling in all her classes, she met a guy and eventually married him. They weren't married for long, only 2 years because of career interference and differences. While still in college, she started writing. She wrote articles that were later published in Howard's literary-club magazine. It was a start for writing. In 1925 Zora moved to New York City, and was the first and only African American to get accepted into Barnard College. Zora caught the attention of the Harlem Renaissance leaders. Zora also was a "New Negro". With all the attention she was getting, she became the "Queen of Renaissance", and had be known for starting a Harlem Renaissance movement. She continued writing many articles and stories, some about the Harlem Renaissance and what it was like to live the life of an African American. Zora received a lot of attention from people around the city, and her stories became known as "Zora stories". Most of her stories had to do with what was going on in society and how it was impacting the different groups and minorities. Throughout her life she wrote 7 books and over 50 articles and short stories. Zora made an impact on the African American community, and also an impact on women's rights through her movements and articles. After a long hard, yet successful life, Zora sadly died on January 28, 1960.

Zora made a stance for women and African Americans. She led movements and proved that African Americans are equal, and they aren't any lower than any other skin color. She made an impact on writers, too. She was one of the major writers in the 1920's and didn't let her skin color or gender affect her success. Zora stood up for herself, and others too. She changed society in positive ways.

Zora Neale Hurston and the WPA

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