75th anniversary celebration of Hurston and Wright – Sept. 18

Join African and African-American Studies as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Richard Wright's manifesto, "Blueprint for the Negro."

 On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, African and African-American Studies will be hosting an event celebrating the 75th anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Richard Wright’s “Blueprint for the Negro.” Please join us at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at Elon University from 4:15-7:00 PM for this event. Refreshments will be served.

There will be a screening of the film adaptation of Hurston’s novel followed by a discussion hosted by Dr. Tara Green, Director and Associate Professor in the African American Studies Program at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Their Eyes Were Watching God, written by Hurston in 1937, tells the story of Janie Crawford and her growth as a woman through her experiences in love and life in Eatonville, Florida.

Richard Wright’s “Blueprint for the Negro” is a piece that asserts the importance of writing and literature in the African-American educational experience during the 20th century. Wright’s position elevates an appreciation of expression within the black community.

Dr. Tara Green will provide a retrospective of the impact of Hurston and Wright in the development of African-American literature at the event.