Down Ribbon: “How it Feels to be Colored Me” 
By Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)

 

 


Biography

·         Zora Neale Hurston was leading figure in African-American literature of the 20th century.

·         She is considered one of the key participants during the Harlem Renaissance.

·         She claimed that she was born in Eatonville, Florida in 1891, but she was actually born in Notasulga, Alabama.

·         Eatonville was the first fully incorporated black community in the United States.

·         Hurston attended Howard University, and she studied anthropology and black folklore at Barnard College.

·         Hurston's most famous work is her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937).

·         She suffered a stroke and died of hypertensive heart disease and she was buried in an unmarked grave in 1960.

The essay:

·         "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" is about her childhood memories and her experience of growing up in Eatonville.

·         The main focus of "How it Feels to be Colored Me" is the relationship and differences between blacks and whites.

·         In the early stages of Hurston's life, she didn't even seem to differentiate between the blacks and whites.

·         In her early teens her view quickly changes as a result of being outside her town and she began to experience what it was like to be colored.

·         In the essay Hurston showed that she is not ashamed to be colored and she refuses to stay bound by the memory of slavery and by the fact that she is black.

·         She explained difference between the white person and the black person by the reaction of each to a jazz orchestra at a Harlem night club. The Jazz music has driven Hurston to inner feelings, while the white person can only sit and admire the music itself.

·         At the end she seems to return to her childhood view that people are just people and they can be different on the outside but still be the same on the inside.

Work Cited

http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?s=Zora+neale+hurston&gwp=13, (retrieved on 25 July, 2009)

http://www.123helpme.com/view.asp?id=6374 , (retrieved on 25 July, 2009)

Presentation Done by: Zainab Y. Abdallah & Hiba Y. Al-Hubeil