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Zora Neale Hurston: celebrated in Central Florida but “a marginal figure in the everyday teaching of American literature,” says Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Photo: US Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons
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Intersection: Khalil Gibran Muhammad On Zora’s Contribution To American History


Eatonville celebrates the life of Zora Neale Hurston this week. Zora Festival is in its 28th year, and culminates with an outdoor festival of the arts next weekend. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, will be at the festival, talking about how America needs to do more to recognize the contribution of Black Americans like Hurston to the history and culture of this country.
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Image: Zora Neale Hurston, wikipedia.org
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Zora Neale Hurston Roundtable


In celebration of the 80th anniversary of “Mules and Men’ by Zora Neale Hurston, Dr. Regennia N. Williams, an independent scholar and council member of the Oral History Association (OHA) serves as the host and facilitator of the roundtable discussion on Zora Neale Hurston and African American oral tradition.
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Image: Downtown Ocoee 1920, ocoee.org
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

The Legacy of Black Press in the Region


95 years ago, Ocoee was the site of a massacre. “RACE TROUBLE AT OCOEE CLAIMS 2 WHITE VICTIMS,” reads part of a headline from the Orlando Morning Sentinel’s Nov. 3, 1920 edition. Newspapers reported that a black man named Mose Norman became enraged when he was told he couldn’t vote because he didn’t pay his poll tax. Media accounts said he stormed the polling place with a group of angry black men, starting a massive race riot. 60 people, most of them black, were killed. Norman, meanwhile, allegedly hid in the home of a friend, who was later lynched in downtown Orlando for helping him. It wasn’t until 20 years later, when Zora Neale Hurston wrote her account of the …
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