WHO WAS ZORA?
Author and activist, Zora Neale Hurston embodied a spirit of creative resistance. A graduate of Howard University, Hurston was committed to capturing the complexity of Black culture and heritage, pitting her creative vision against an America where Black folks were caricatured, ignored, or abused. She used her imaginative and observational powers to tell the truth through her work.
For all of her accomplishments, Hurston’s literary legacy was mostly forgotten for decades. Then another author and Black woman—Alice Walker—wrote an essay called “In Search of Zora,” uplifting Zora’s work and life story out of obscurity and into the imaginations of readers around the world.
This is the legacy Zora’s House embraces: empowering women of color to reflect their realities and enact their creative power, so they are fully seen and heard in the life of our community.