Jul 09, 2021
Absolute classic among American literature and the Negro Renaissance of that era! Didn't appreciate Zora in high school and really frowned upon the African American Vernacular which existed in the South. As a mature adult and creative writer, I realize and appreciate Zora's rare commitment to this Folklorist sociolinguistic literature and the opposition she consistently faced through unpopular "New Negro" movement through navigating identity and equality in Jim Crow and Black Codes American politics and policy. Often fighting against assimilation, Hurston embraced the unpopular colloquialism and dialect of her Southern culture and the people she represented as embodying greatness in their "pastois" stereotyped English. Without Hurston's sacrifice, these time capsules would have been lost! Bravo and Infinite Blessings to this rebel, author, scholar, anthropologist, and literary giant!