TO LIFE: ZORA!
Performed: January 29 and May 4, 2004
Zora Neale Hurston was one of the most important and celebrated
figures to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. Outspoken, spirited
and gifted, Ms. Hurston was the most prolific African-American woman
writer of the 1930's. Adapted from the theatrical biography of her
life by Laurence Holder, this performance brings to life her story.
A production of the American
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- Gary Paulsen, Nightjohn. New York: Delacorte
A free African American returns to the South to secretly teach
slaves to read.
- Pat McKissack, Mirandy and Brother Wind. New
York: Knopf, 1992.
A new African American folktale.
- Virginia Hamiliton, The People Could Fly: American
Black Folktales. New York: Knopf, 1993.
African American folktales around the theme of freedom.
- Eric A. Kimmel, Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock.
New York: Holiday House, 1990.
African trickster tale.
- John Steptoe, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. New
York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1987.
Re-telling of an African tale.
- And the Green Grass Grew All Around: Folk Poetry from
Everyone. New York: HarperCollins Publishing, 1992.
Collection of rhymes, riddles, poems and songs passed down
through oral tradition.
- Janet Stevens, Tops & Bottoms. San Francisco:
Harcourt Children’s Books, 1995.
Re-telling of a trickster tale with roots in both European
and African folk tales.
- Verna Aardema, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s
Ears. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1992.