During the ’20s and ’30s, the Harlem Renaissance exploded onto the scene and the US witnessed a burst of African American cultural life. This Thursday, celebrate an illustrious and renowned author who changed history through the catalist of feist, pride, and creativity.
Zora Neale Hurston was a pioneer not only for African American literature, but also served as an inspiration to women, artists, and the like. Author of four novels, two folkloric books, plays, and more, Zora researched oral traditions, anthropology, and Caribbean culture.
Her notable career was most probably influenced by her mother’s guiding words. She would tell her children, “Jump at the Sun,” Zora recalled. “We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.”(1).
Starting at 7:30 pm at the Brooks, the film Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun, a biography, features scholars and rare footage of the rural South, some shot by Zora herself, and an insight into Eatonville, Florida, the first all-black incorporated town in the U.S.
Afterwards, Common Ground‘s Reel Conversation on Race will lead a discussion on themes presented by the film.