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Zora Neale Hurston's Hometown Legacy (Video, 6 minutes)
New York Times video about Hurston and her role with the Works Progress Administration collecting stories in Florida.
Zora Neale Hurston - Episode 3 African American Folklorists, Writers and the Blues (6 minutes)
This Episode Highlights the life and works of Writer, Ethnologist and Folklorist Zora Neale Hurston. The series, African American Folklorists, highlights African American writers, folklorists, ethnologist, composers and playwriters, that documented, described and flat out canvased the Black experience through their works, connecting the dots between the Blues, Spirituals, Work songs, Prison songs and the social and economic climate of Blacks in America.
Preserving Zora Neale Hurston's legacy (Video, 4 minutes)
"Celebrated author Zora Neale Hurston’s papers were almost lost forever. Now they're protected in the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries. Manuscript archivist Florence Turcotte details the items in the library collection, which is available for viewing at UF, and UF Professor of African American Studies Patricia Hilliard Nunn discusses the impact of Hurston’s works."
Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun. (Video, 85 minutes)
"ZORA NEALE HURSTON: JUMP AT THE SUN intersperses insights from leading scholars and rare footage of the rural South (some of it shot by Zora herself) with re-enactments of a revealing 1943 radio interview. Hurston biographer, Cheryl Wall, traces Zora's unique artistic vision back to her childhood in Eatonville, Florida, the first all-black incorporated town in the U.S. There Zora was surrounded by proud, self-sufficient, self-governing black people, deeply immersed in African American folk traditions. Her father, a Baptist preacher, carpenter and three times mayor, reminded Zora every Sunday morning that ordinary black people could be powerful poets. Her mother encouraged her to "jump at de' sun," never to let being black and a woman stand in the way of her dreams." 2008. PEA login required
Zora Neale Hurston: A Heart with Room for Every Joy (Video, 42 minutes)
"This illuminating biography of Hurston—a compelling story of a free spirit who achieved national prominence yet died in obscurity—examines the rich legacy of her writings, which include Mules and Men, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Tell My Horse, and Dust Tracks on a Road. Interviews with Lucy Anne Hurston, Zora’s niece and author of the biography Speak, So You Can Speak Again, and with Henry Louis Gates Jr., W. E. B. DuBois Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, are featured." Films for the Humanities, 2005. PEA login required.
Alice Walker Reads From "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (Video, 6 minutes)
2012 was the 75th anniversary of the publication of Zora Neale Hurston´s beautiful novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Here, Alice Walker reads from the book at an event from The Green Space, New York Public Radio´s open gathering place. The event took place on March 28, 2012.
Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Radio Drama, Scene: Janie & Pheoby reunited (Video, 7 minutes)
Scene: Janie & Pheoby reunited
he Greene Space presented the first American radio drama of this timeless and affecting tale on February 29th and March 1st 2012. Directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson amd adapted by award-winning writer Arthur Yorinks, The exceptional cast included Phylicia Rashad, as narrator, Roslyn Ruff as Janie, Brandon Dirden as Tea Cake and Leslie Uggams as the Grandmother.
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