Oct. 19, 2017
Howard University 150 Year Of Artistic Literary Power, Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston was a creative genius. Zora was able to express in words of wonderful dynamics of the black experience. She was able as you read her words to give you a picture that clearly illustrated the many levels of feelings that encapsulated our plight, our strengths, and our human weaknesses. Howard University had one Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, Toni Morrison, and Howard University could also say that it's magnificent history included the incomparable Zora Neale Hurston. Zora was "the" most prominent female writer during a period of black intellectualism and creativity that encompassed the Harlem Renaissance. Her seminal book "Her Eyes Were Watching God" ranks most likely in the top ten of published written work.
Zora Neale Hurston exemplified all the attributes necessary to ensure her status as a creative superhero. As I spend my Thursday honoring the great voices that placed Howard University in the vanguard of literary expression. In Zora Neale Hurston's words, my voice, I deliver her wonderful essay "How It Feels To Be Colored Me" this morning. Zora Neale Hurston was like a chilled glass of lemonade on a hot August day, refreshing, effervescent, desirable and definitely necessary to the understanding of the human black experience.