Zora Neale Hurston Gets a Google Doodle for Her Birthday

By Maryann Yin Comment


Google has created a Doodle to celebrate Zora Neale Hurston’s birthday. According to the official Zora Neale Hurston website, she was born on January 7, 1891.

Through her writing, Hurston became an important figure during the Harlem Renaissance. Time reports that Hurston had written “four novels, dozens of short stories, plays and essays, and two books of folklore based on her anthropological research that captured some of the oral history of African Americans.”

In the past, Google has crafted doodles to honor many children’s writers and illustrators including “The Human Computer” Shakuntala Devi, Where the Wild Things Are creator Maurice Sendak, and science-fiction novelist Douglas Adams. Here’s a video from Google headquarters spotlighting the artists behind the doodles.