It is well know that Google tends to change their logo for special occasions. I was up late-night web surfing and was delighted to find that Google took the time to acknowledge the day of birth of one of my “sheros”(my own feminine form of the word “hero”). I was introduce to Hurston as a junior in high school when I read “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” I became a true fan when I came across this quote as well well as a few others.
“I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all. I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature somehow has given them a lowdown dirty deal and whose feelings are all hurt about it. Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less. No, I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”
Hurston exhibits strength, courage, confidence, feminism, and many other positive qualities in her writings. She is definitely someone you should know about.