Their Eyes Were Watching God

Women Writers on the Horizon

With Alice Walker, Sonia Sanchez and Ruby Dee

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

7:00 PM

She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net.  Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulders.  So much of life in its meshes!  She called in her soul to come and see.” – Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

After 75 years, this epic novel still resonates in the hearts and minds of contemporary audiences, but it had particular significance for black women writers and artists who were working at the time of its rediscovery. The Greene Space has convened three luminaries who are all intimately connected to the novel – Alice Walker, Sonia Sanchez and Ruby Dee – to share their stories and describe how they saw Janie and Zora’s horizons on their own journeys. Zora Neale Hurston’s niece Lucy Anne Hurston, author of Speak, So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, will served as the evening’s moderator.

 

Alice Walker reads from Their Eyes Were Watching God. 

  

 

Ruby Dee reads from Their Eyes Were Watching God.

  

 

Sonia Sanchez on learning the legacy of Zora Neale Hurston. 

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Guests:

Ruby Dee, Sonia Sanchez and Alice Walker