Illustration: Monica Ahanonu

Zora Neale Hurston Protected Black Stories

As a new collection of her short fiction reminds us, she gave honor to the mundaneness and magic of rural, Southern Black people

The world Hurston knew as truth for the abundance of Black people, especially in the rural South, was not a fair depiction often written by White or Black people.

It’s evident that Hurston’s pursuit of an honest and true narrative always included immersion in the world she was about to scribe.

Writer/Editor; creator, Minorities in Publishing podcast; editor of EVERYDAY PEOPLE (2018, Atria Books); 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Fellow. Website:

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