Zora Neale Hurston

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Howard Zinn on Alice Walker

The late Howard Zinn gave one of his final interviews for the first film biography of Alice Walker, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. Zinn first met Walker when she became his student at Spelman College. In this web exclusive outtake from the film, Zinn likens Alice Walker to Zora Neale Hurston, Walker’s “hero,” saying Walker […]

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Alice Walker Shines Light on Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston’s embrace of black culture and language was an inspiration to Alice Walker. “I realized that unless I came out with everything I had supporting her, there was every chance that she would slip back into obscurity,” Walker says of the Harlem Renaissance writer and anthropologist. Film Excerpt: Alice Walker on Zora Neale […]

Zora Neale Hurston – Jump at the Sun

Jump at the Sun

Zora Neale Hurston wrote the following letter to Countee Cullen, her friend and fellow writer, in 1943. In it, she discusses lynching, segregation, and her feelings about white “liberals.” March 5, 1943 Dear Countee: Thanks a million for your kind letter. I am always proud to have a word of praise from you because your […]