If you're a Google reactionary and choose to use Bing or Yahoo! as your search engine of choice (give up: The Google owns us all), you might not have seen today's Google Doodle honoring novelist Zora Neale Hurston's 123rd birthday. 

Hurston was more than a great 20th-century American writer--she was an anthropologist and activist, a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance, and the first black student at Barnard College. Even though she's best known for Their Eyes Were Watching God, the novel did not achieve much critical and popular recognition until the growth of Black feminist studies in the 1970s. In fact, she passed away in a welfare home in 1960.

But the richness of her work was ultimately not lost. The following quote from a letter, from Hurston to poet Countee Cullen, sums up her legacy fairly well:

"I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions."

Thanks to Google and Los Angeles Times

Thanks to Zora Neale Hurston's official website for the quote.


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