Alice Walker, Sonia Sanchez & Ruby Dee on "Their Eyes Were Watching God"



"Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men. Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly."
-Zora Neale Hurston, "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

Info: "After 75 years, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" still resonates in the hearts and minds of contemporary audiences, but it had particular significance for black women writers and artists who were working at the time of its rediscovery. The Greene Space has convened three luminaries who are all intimately connected to the novel -- Alice Walker, Sonia Sanchez and Ruby Dee -- to share their stories and describe how they saw Janie and Zora’s horizons on their own journeys. Zora Neale Hurston’s niece Lucy Anne Hurston, author of "Speak, So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston," served as the evening’s moderator."



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