Jump at de Sun: The Story of Zora Neale Hurston by A.P. PorterIn the all-black town of Eatonville, Florida, Zora Neale Hurstons mother used to tell her to jump at de sun. She wanted Zora to be proud of herself and to do great things. Zora took her mothers words to heart. But when Zora was thirteen, her mother died. From then on, Zora wandered from job to job and school to school, always just squeaking by. Eventually, as a contributor to the Harlem Renaissance and as an anthropologist, Zora began writing and collecting the kinds of African-American tales she had heard as a child in Eatonville. Zora sparked a revolution in American thought. Her works urged African Americans to be proud of their background and to stop trying to be white. Zoras stories, plays, and folktale collections have won ongoing acclaim because of their power, vitality, and beauty. In Jump at de Sun, A.P. Porter takes readers on the lonely and exciting road that brought Zora from Eatonville to a place in history.
Meet the Past: Zora Neale Hurston
About Zora Neale Hurston
Zora's mother died when she was nine years old, and her father soon remarried. After her relationship with her stepmother rapidly declined, her father sent her to school in Jacksonville, Florida. Hurston greatly missed her mother and the warm, loving family atmosphere that she had grown up in. Hurston found herself being passed from relative to relative, while working as a nanny and a housekeeper. When Zora was in her early teens she became a wardrobe girl in a Gilbert and Sullivan repertory company a theatre company touring the South. Eighteen months later, with the help of a former employer, she enrolled in Morgan Academy in Baltimore, Maryland, in She graduated a year later and went to Howard University, where she completed a year and a half of course work between and
Although at the time of her death in , Hurston had published more books than any other black woman in America, she was unable to capture a mainstream audience in her lifetime, and she died poor and alone in a welfare hotel. Today, she is seen as one of the most important black writers in American history. Eatonville, Fla. Until her teens, Hurston was largely sheltered from racism. In , she moved to New York , where she became a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, , but she claimed to have been born in in order to receive a high school education even though she was already in her mids. Zora Neale Hurston grew up in Eatonville, Florida, the first incorporated all-black town in the country. Their Eyes Were Watching God is her most celebrated novel. Zora Neale Hurston attended Howard University from to before winning a scholarship to Barnard College to study anthropology under Franz Boas. After graduating from Barnard, she pursued graduate studies in anthropology at Columbia University. Although Hurston claimed to be born in in Eatonville, Florida , she was, in fact, 10 years older and had moved with her family to Eatonville only as a small child.
Zora Neale Hurston January 7,   — January 28, was an influential author of African-American literature , anthropologist , and filmmaker , who portrayed racial struggles in the earlyth-century American South , and published research on Haitian Vodou. She also wrote more than 50 short stories, plays, and essays. Hurston was born in Notasulga, Alabama , and moved with her family to Eatonville, Florida , in She later used Eatonville as the setting for many of her stories. It is now the site of the Zora! Festival, held each year in her honor. In her early career, Hurston conducted anthropological and ethnographic research while a student at Barnard College and Columbia University.
Biographies Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston was born in an all-Black community rich in folk-tradition and free of racial prejudice. Washington stressed self-reliance as well as basic academic skills. In Hurston arrived in New York, developing contacts with Black writers of the Harlem Renaissance and publishing essays and short fiction. Hurston devoted the next four years to her ethnographic studies, traveling to Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and the Bahamas to collect folktales, songs, games, prayers and sermons, which she published in Mules and Men