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Zora Neale Hurston

Ms. Hurston is an African American literary icon, who lived an adventurous and inspirational life that ended in poverty and obscurity in a small town in Fort Pierce, Florida. The once bright star of the Harlem Renaissance and one of America's most dynamic and accomplished writers was unable to make a living from her work. She spent her final years in Florida, continuing to write articles, which were published in various local and national venues and three additional novels which were rejected for publication. In the end, Zora depended on her neighbors to bring her meals as she tried in vain to complete a last manuscript that was not to be.

Were it not for Alice Walker, acclaimed author of 'The Color Purple' who came to Fort Pierce in 1973 to pay homage to a fellow writer, Zora's voice might have been lost forever, along with her memory in an unmarked grave. When Ms Walker discovered that the celebrated literary genius had died penniless, in a welfare home thirteen years earlier, she placed a marker in the field where Hurston lay.

Zora Neil Hurston's GraveWhile a new generation is listening to the dynamic voice of Zora Neale Hurston, there is also a new generation of writers following in her footsteps. It is our personal mission to see they that they follow in her greatness, and not in her despair. Talent and genius combined with dedication and hard work should not go unnoticed or unrewarded. It is up to us, as women, as writers and as human beings to help build a 'LIVING' system of support to contemporary writers and future inspirational geniuses who are willing to speak, so they can speak again.

From 'Dust Tracks on a Road' (1942) by Zora Neale Hurston

"I will remember you all in my good thoughts, and I ask you kindly to do the same for me. Not only just me. You who play the zig-zag lightning of power over the world, with the grumbling thunder in your wake, think kindly of those who walk in the dust. And you who walk in humble places, think kindly too, of others. There has been no proof in the world so far that you would be less arrogant if you held the lever of power in your hands. Let us all be kissing friends. Consider that with tolerance and patience, we godly demons may breed a noble world in a few hundred generations or so. Maybe all of us who do not have the good fortune to meet or meet again, in this world, will meet at a barbeque."  - Zora Neale Hurston

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