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Hurston, Zora Neale

Born: 1891 AD
Died: 1960 AD, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Novelists


1891 – She was born on the 7th day of January year in Notasulga, Alabama, USA. She was 13, her mother died and her father sent her to a private school in Jacksonville.


1925 – She discussed her Eatonville childhood in the short story, "Drenched in Light" which she wrote for Opportunity magazine.


1927 – She was an undergraduate at Howard University, and then she was later offered a scholarship to Barnard College where she received her B.A. in anthropology.


1928 – Shortly after her degree, became one of the leaders of the literary.


1935 – She applied her ethnographic training to document African American folklore in her critically acclaimed book Mules and Men.


1937 – She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to travel to Haiti and conduct research on conjure.


1952 – She actively promoted the presidential candidacy of Robert Taft, who was opposed to integration, just like her.


1954 – She was unable to sell her fiction works but was assigned to cover a small town murder trial for the Pittsburgh Courier of a racist white doctor who was murdered by Ruby McCollum.


1955 – She voiced this opposition in a letter, Court Order Can't Make the Races Mix, which was published in the Orlando Sentinel.


1960 – On the 28th day of January this year she had passed away. 








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