Zora Neale Hurston

You Don't Know Us Negroes

February 16, 2022


The Stowe Center is pleased to partner once again with our friends at Amistad Center for Art & Culture and The Mark Twain House & Museum to present three illustrious scholars—Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of Harvard, Dr. Genevieve West of Texas Woman’s University, and UConn’s Dr. Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar—on the new essay collection, Zora Neale Hurston: You Don’t Know Us Negroes.




Spanning more than 35 years of work, You Don’t Know Us Negroes is the first comprehensive collection of essays, criticism, and articles by legendary author Zora Neale Hurston, showcasing the evolution of her distinctive style as an archivist and author. Penned against the backdrop of the birth of the HarlemRenaissance, the Montgomery bus boycott, desegregation of the military, and school integration, Hurston’s writing articulates the beauty and authenticity of Black life in her assured and sometimes provocative style.




Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, his groundbreaking genealogy and genetics series, Finding Your Roots, is now in its eighth season on PBS. He is joined in conversation by Genevieve West, a scholar of Zora Neale Hurston’s work.  She is the author of Zora Neale Hurston and American Literary Culture, and the editor of Hurston’s Harlem Renaissance short stories Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick. Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar will moderate. His research interests include the 20th century United States with a focus in African American history, specifically, black nationalism and social justice movements.



This is a free, virtual event. Advance registration is required.

Location Virtual
Doors Open 6:30 pm
Program 6:30 pm