How It Feels to Be Colored Me Questions and Answers
by Zora Neale Hurston

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In “How it Feels to be Colored Me,” Zora Neale Hurston offers her account on what her life was like as an African American woman in the early 1900s. In the third paragraph, Hurston compares the passing of visitors through her town of Eatonville, Florida, to having a front row seat at the theater. She says of the passers-by, “Not only did I enjoy the show, but I didn't mind the actors knowing that I liked it.” Hurston would wave or speak to the visitors, and they would usually speak back to her. She says that often, her talking to them would lead to horses or automobiles stopping, and she would "go a piece of the way" with them. Although her visitations with the white people passing through would be cut short if her family saw her, Hurston says she was the first "welcome-to-our-state Floridian."

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