Today in 1901: African American folklorist and writer Zora Neale Hurston is born in Eatonville, Florida. After becoming the first black graduate of Barnard College in New York, Hurston will publish two collections of folklore as well as three novels during the Harlem Renaissance. Her exploration of black female character will influence a generation of writers.
But after authoring “Their Eyes Were Watching God” in 1937, Hurston will begin to offend her condescending white patrons by refusing to grovel. By 1959, as publishers reject her work, Hurston will be reduced to working as a maid. Evicted from her home, a stroke will land Hurston in a welfare home, where she will die in 1960.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
The Radicals and Progressives “Meet and Eat” is tonight at 5pm at the Orient House Restaurant, 626 South Park Street. More info at 249-0879.
The Wheelchair Recycling Program offers low cost, refurbished mobility and medical equipment to people that may not have the resources to obtain them new. They have wheelchairs, walkers, bath items, grab bars and other assistive equipment for purchase. There are offices in Madison and the Greater-Milwaukee area. Visit wrp.org or call 608-243-1785 for details.
Low cost spayings and neuterings for dogs and cats are available through the Dane County Humane Society and Maddie’s Fund. There are various times and prices and they include an FVRCP vaccine. Caretakers of feral or free-roaming cats can be helped as well. Call 838-0413 extension 103 for an appointment or details.