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Zora Neale Hurston

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Zora Neale Hurston

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History, Memoir, Nonfiction

At a Glance

In this descriptive and metaphorical essay first published in the May 1928 edition of the Christian magazine The World Tomorrow, American author Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960) traces the development of her racial consciousness from her experiences as a happy young girl living in an all-black community in Florida to those of a young woman who comes to understand that the world views her as "colored." From the time of publication, the essay has been controversial because of Hurston's rejection of the idea that black identity must be tied inextricably to the injustices of the past and present.

About the Title

There are at least two ways to read the title "How It Feels to Be Colored Me." It may refer to how it feels to be a person of color, or it may refer to the feeling of being viewed as "colored" by others.


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