One of the most interesting things I have always remembered about Zora Neal Hurston is something very bold which she did--both as a woman and as an African-American.
She was writing during the Harlem Renaissance in America, a time in which African-American writers, artists, and musicians were coming into prominence, really for the first time in this country. Finally this ethnic group had a voice, and the majority of African-Americans felt that these opportunities should be spent promoting the black cause, so to speak. In other words, the writing, art, and music of the Harlem Renaissance should only portray the great strength and dignity, among other things, of this group of people, If not these things, then they should certainly reflect the historical oppression of African-Americans in America.
Zora Neal Hurston did not get--or at least did not heed--this figurative memo. She knew and loved her people, but she characterized them honestly. Any of their cultural bad habits, character...
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