Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Meeting Zora

"Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to "Jump at de sun." We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground."- Zora Neale Hurston 

       Our smiles may be different, but the story's still the same. Lifetimes of different eras prove "nothing is new under the sun." I chuckle at the similarities, constantly enchanted by our common humor, and inspired to know, that we both felt as passionate about our humanity, regardless of our centuries. Both with struggles to endure, that haven't seem to change much with times.

In pursuing the role of Zora, I have met a kindred spirit. But one who feels like a big sister, "showing me the ropes." Hipping me to the current climate, and showing me liberation in my womanhood. You can feel alien in your world, but something or someone from the past can remind you, that you were indeed here before, protect you from what's to come, and love you more than you'll ever know. Someone to make you feel that your not alone in your thinking or believing. Someone who was here before you, trying to change the world one day at a time.

"I am not tragically colored, there is no great sorrow damned upon my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes." -ZNH

In learning about Zora, I found someone who had a deeper love for her culture. Zora had the power to help us understand the stories of the indigenous Black American. She knew beyond her time, it would be necessary for us to maintain our pride and know our history.  She wanted to cultivated our dialects, with recording our work songs, pronouncing the rhythm in our vernacular, in her many novels. She showed pride in our discovery and expedited it as a quest. Bringing pride to what we had, that would continue to have an echoing effect. 

"Somebody is always at my elbow reminding me that I am the granddaughter of slaves." -ZNH

Zora was no slave. Rebellious to society, but true to her heart and mind. Slavery being sixty years in the past  during Zora's time seems not to long ago to me, but an eternity to Zora. She has taught me in this, and she has taught me too look ahead, be not in the past, but be in the present, the moment, and push forward. She was no slave, because she was passionate about seeking the world, and seeing it from her vantage point. For Zora, every opportunity was at her disposal, and I am sure she would want us all to believe the same.

 "No one on earth ever had a greater chance for glory. The world to be won and nothing to be lost." -Zora Neale Hurston 

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