She died in 1960, but Zora Neale Hurston is a name that has become synonymous with the Harlem Renaissance. She rubbed shoulders with celebrated colleagues, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Countee Cullen and more. Today, Hurston got the epitome of a modern-day salute when she was featured as a Google Doodle.
Hurston was born on Jan. 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama and moved with her family to Eatonville, Florida, when she was a toddler. She attended Morgan Academy (now Morgan State University) Howard University, Columbia University, Barnard College. When the author arrived in New York, she reportedly had only $150 to her name but very soon settled into the literary community and became part of the burgeoning Harlem Renaissance.
Zora Neale Hurston published her celebrated masterpiece, "Their Eyes Were Watching God," in 1937; "Tell My Horse," her study of Caribbean Voodoo practices, in 1938; and another masterful novel, "Moses, Man of the Mountain" in 1939. When her autobiography, "Dust Tracks on a Road" was published in 1942. That year she was profiled in Who's Who in America, Current Biography and Twentieth Century Authors. She went on to publish another novel, "Seraph on the Suwanee," in 1948.
Tonight in Washington D.C. there will be a celebration in honor of the celebrated author. The Hurston/Wright Foundation will host the celebration. The program will feature writers the poet E. Ethelbert Miller, Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy and A'Lelia Bundles, author of "The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A'Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance," who will read excerpts of Hurston's work. The celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-442-7601.