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Their Eyes Were Watching Lucy

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On Saturday, February 18, an eager crowd gathered at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California, to hear Lucy Hurston, niece of acclaimed author Zora Neale Hurston, speak about her beloved aunt. The Oceanside Public Library, a Big Read grantee, and the North County African American Women’s Association (NCAAWA) co-sponsored the event in honor of the community's Big Read selection, the late Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.

There have been theatrical performances, craft projects, and events for younger children, but there proved perhaps no better way to discuss the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston than to hear from her niece. A professor of sociology at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut, the younger Hurston is a fierce advocate for her aunt and her work. She has produced two documentaries about Zora, directed a high school production of one of her plays, and is the author of Speak, So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, which is filled with unique personal photos and handwritten documents that belonged to her aunt. In the clip of her talk above, Hurston advocates for the importance of reading. [1:00]


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