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Zora Neale Hurston: A Little Sweat and a Lot of Spunk

February 15, 2014

Zora Neale Hurston: A Little Sweat and a Lot of Spunk.  Connect with Zora Neale Hurston, the famous African American novelist and folklorist from Florida, when Dr. Lynn Hawkins presents an enactment of Hurston's 1928 story entitled "Sweat." On February 15 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, the audience will be invited to participate in a reading of this story. Set in a village near Orlando, probably modeled on her hometown of Eatonville, "Sweat" portrays a wife's revenge on her abusive husband.

Before engaging participants in the reading, Dr. Hawkins will introduce Zora, her literary achievements, and her personal challenges. For instance, during Hurston's brief teaching sojourn in 1934 at Bethune-Cookman College, Zora demonstrated "a lot of spunk" in resisting Dr. Bethune's pressures to conform.  Dr. Hawkins' knowledge is not only academically based due to the fact that her many publications and her graduate work at the University of Nebraska are in African American studies, she also formed a friendship with the late Dr. Annie May Walker, a friend of Zora's who achieved recognition as an anthropologist and professor. "Wise Child, Wise Woman" by Dr. Hawkins is based on her extensive interviews with Dr. Walker.

Sponsored by Friends of the Volusia County Library Center and the Florida Humanities Council. The Florida Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Time: 2:00 pm

Contact: Deborah Shafer Phone: (386) 257-6036
Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island
105 E. Magnolia Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
United States
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