Zora Neale Hurston

Harlem Renaissance

Who is Zora Neale Hurtson ?

Zora Neale Hurtson Anthropologist and novelist was a fixture of the Harlem Renaissance before writing her masterwork, 'Their Eyes Were Watching God.'

Famous quote

Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me
- Zora Neale Hurston


Name: Zora Neale Hurston

Occupation: Author, Civil Rights Activist

Birthdate: January 7, 1891

Death date: January 28 , 1960

Place of birth: Notasulga, Alabama

Place of death: Fort Pierce, Florida

Langston Hughes & Zora Neale Hurtson

If Langston Hughes was the prom king of the Harlem Renaissance, you can view Zora Neale Hurston as the prom queen. For a time, the two were close friends and collaborators.
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Zora's Impact during the Harlem Renaissance

Zora's writing provided a desperately needed feminine voice in a movement that was dominated by men. Hughes and W.E.B. Du Bois may have defined many of the major concepts of the movement, but when they talked and wrote about the "New Negro," what they really meant was the "New Negro Man." While when she wrote she referred to black women all over Harlem, let alone the world.