As an anthologist, Walker lifted from obscurity and honored a writer who has served as an important model in her own artistic development: Zora Neale Hurston. She first heard Hurston’s name while auditing a course on poetry taught by the poet Margaret Walker at Tougaloo College in 1970. Walker encountered Hurston again in 1970 while doing research for a story that featured voodoo practices among rural Southern blacks. Walker’s investigations led her to Hurston’s Mules and Men (1935), a book on African American folklore. Further research on Hurston led to the publication of I Love Myself When I Am Laughing…and Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader (1979). Containing writings by and about Hurston, including Walker’s “Looking for Zora,” this tribute to a forerunner and fellow artist served as the catalyst for the republication of the Florida writer’s corpus. The anthology also stimulated new scholarly interest in Hurston that resulted in her canonization as an American writer whose work, particularly the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), is now widely regarded as one of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature.
Race pride at its highest has been manifested there. Germany has also shown how well-nigh impossible it is for Races and cultures having differences going to the root to be assimilated into one united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindusthan to learn and profit by…. The foreign races in Hindusthan [., the Muslims] must adopt the Hindu culture and language, must learn to respect and hold in reverence the Hindu religion, must entertain no ideas but those of glorification of the Hindu race and culture […and] may [only] stay in the country wholly subordinated to the Hindu nation, claiming nothing—not even citizen’s rights.
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