In this longer review of the Zora Neale Hurston reader compiled by Alice Walker, And Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive, the author considers Walker’s devotion to Hurston, including her quest to find and mark Hurston’s grave.
The African-American film director, Ava DuVernay, writes about reading Their Eyes Were Watching God as a college freshman, and the effect it had on her understanding of her identity.
In 1931, Hurston tried to publish a long interview she conducted with Cudjo Lewis, the last remaining slave-ship survivor. Her piece was rejected, but finally published in 2018 under the title Barracoon.
In 1990, Ruby Dee wrote this play that ran on Broadway, based on Hurston’s memoirs. This video is a full-length recording of a performance, recorded for PBS.
An audio interview with Hurston’s niece, who wrote a book about the famous author and their family.
This episode of the podcast 15 Minute History looks closely at the Harlem Renaissance, the artistic movement of African-Americans living in northern Manhattan in the 1920s. Hurston was a part of this movement.
A short video looking at the real-life Eatonville, Florida, which features prominently in Their Eyes Were Watching God.