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The Harlem Renaissance initiated a cultural awakening or blossoming of music art and literature among the African American community According to the Encarta Encyclopedia 2003 Zora Neale Hurston The American writer and folklorist whos anthropological study of her racial heritage at a time when black culture was not a popular field of study had a great impact and influence on the Harlem Renaissance writers 138 As a fiction writer Hurston is noted for her metaphorical language her story-telling abilities and her interest in and celebration of the Southern black culture in the United States Hurston although uneducated and poor during her upbringing was immersed with in the rich black folk life With very little experience with racism Zora Neale Hurston was able to portray black life unconcerned with white people and unaware of problems attributed to being black She showed them laughing celebrating loving and struggling just as every human being does She could write about the most ordinary things and make them infinitely gorgeous Hinton 2 The passage concerning moments of time in Hurstons novel Dust Tracks on the Road shows her true talent to do this No two moments are any more alike than two snowflakes Like snowflakes they get the same look from being so plentiful and falling so close together But examine them closely and see the multiple differences between them Each moment has its own task and capacity doesnt melt down like snow and form again It keeps in character forever Zora Neale Hurston 123 The readers of her books will empathize love hate and mourn right along with the characters that Zora createsHinton 1 Zora Neale Hurston is one of the great pioneers in Literature today and her voice will carry on for generations more to come Hurston published seven books during her lifetime Her previously unpublished play Mule Bone which she coauthored with Langston Hughes was written in 1930 but because of controversy it remained unperformed and unpublished
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