“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 weep at the world — I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.” - Zora Neale Hurston
1. Where do you think this picture was taken?
2. Why do you think this picture was taken?
3. What is the significance of this Zora Neale Hurston holidng up a book called “American stuff”? What does this picture imply?
4. Analyze the book covers on the shelves. Do you notice anything peculiar about the book covers?
5. Examine the quote above and compare it to the picture. Explain why she has a smirk on her face in the picture.
6. Evaluate whether this picture advocates racial stereotypes of African Americans or celebrates an accomplishment for the African American community and falls in line with the goals of Harlem Renaissance.