Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming a Space

telling the story of Black America as only she could

Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming a Space is an in-depth biography of the influential author whose groundbreaking anthropological work would challenge assumptions about race, gender and cultural superiority that had long defined the field in the 19th century. Raised in the small all-Black Florida town of Eatonville, Zora Neale Hurston studied at Howard University before arriving in New York in 1925. She would soon become a key figure of the Harlem Renaissance, best remembered for her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. But even as she gained renown in the Harlem literary circles, Hurston was discovering anthropology at Barnard College with the renowned Franz Boas. During her lifetime, Hurston became known as the foremost authority on Black folklore.

Air Date: January 17, 2023

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