African American Writer and Folklorist, Zora Neale Hurston

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Zora Neale Hurston which is famous African-American female Writer. She was also a folklorist and an anthropologist. She was very well educated. She was born in Notasulga, Alabama, on January 7, 1891. She was the fifth of eight children of John Hurston and Lucy pott Hurston. Her family moved to Eatonville, Florida when she was only three years old. In that time, many African-American moved from south to north and made a self-governing town because of the segregation. Eatonville was the first independent black town. Her father was a preacher and later he became a mayor of the town. Hurston's childhood in Eatonville was happy. She had kind and strong mother who taught Zora and her siblilings to "Jump at the sun" that means "We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground". In 1901, she became interested in literature since she read some books from northern teachers. To Hurston, Eatonville is her "home" and birthplace. However, In 1904, her happy childhood was end with her mother's death. Her father immediately remarried with Matted moge and sent Hurston to boarding school and finally he stopped supporting her. Therefore, husrton could not go to school and had to work. She worked menial jobs but later she became a lead singer of the Gilbert & Sullivan theatrical company. She always wanted to complete her education so when she was 26, she attended Morgan State University's high school by a lie that she is 16. After she graduated high school, she
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