Tag: african american studies

Zora Neale Hurston: The Real Deal, American (1891-1960) by Maria Dintino

Learning that Zora Neale Hurston died in a county home alone and broke made me sad and angry. Yet, after reading Alice Walker’s article In Search of Zora Neale Hurston that appeared in Ms magazine in 1975, I let those feelings go. Zora left no room in her life for pity and “was not a teary sort herself,” Walker explains. Zora was a force and through her writing, we get that. When I moved to St. Augustine, Florida, I noticed a historical marker in front of a house indicating Zora lived there for a while. Reading the biography, Wrapped...

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Sojourner Truth: A Wandering Orator, American (c. 1797-1883) Original painting and text by Karin Peschau

Her face speaks to us about the chains of slavery, about the iron chains of the slaves in America, about the invisible chains, but still heart-breaking unjustness and cruelty of our modern, globalized civilization: an enormous part of the world’s population, women, men and children, is working itself to death in order to make an easy and comfortable life possible for the other part. The pain in this woman’s face is our pain as well. Sojourner Truth was born into slavery as Isabella (Belle) about 1797. Her mother, known as “Mau-Mau Bett” had 11 children with James Baumfree. Sojourner Truth...

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