Zora Neale Hurston, (born January 7, 1891, Notasulga, Alabama, U.S.—died January 28, 1960, Fort Pierce, Florida), American folklorist and writer associated with the Harlem Renaissance who celebrated the African American culture of the rural South. Zora Neale Hurston, acclaimed writer of the of the Harlem Renaissance,was maligned by many black leaders for writing in the colloquial voice of the black, rural townspeople she grew up with in Eatonville, Florida. But it was her unique childhood in an all-black town that shaped her ideas, which defied the focus on racial “uplift” popular among figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois. Watch: Zora Neale Hurston was criticized for writing in the ‘black voice.’ Zora Neale Hurston was right, “All your skin folks ain’t your kin folks. And all your color ain’t your kind!” Hurston was a Republican who was generally sympathetic to the Old Right and a fan of Booker T. Washington's self-help politics. She disagreed with the philosophies (including Communism and the New Deal) supported by many of her colleagues in the Harlem Renaissance. Black playwrite Zora Neale Hurston: “Throughout the New Deal era the relief program was the biggest weapon ever placed in the hands of those who sought power and votes…Dependent upon government for their daily bread, men gradually relaxed their watchfulness and submitted to the will of the “Little White Father,”… WORLD | History turned right side up | Marvin Olasky | Feb. 13, 2010 It appears that Trump is turning a lot more black folks to Hurston's views. Happy Birthday, Zora.