Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) was an African-American writer associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Hurston was an anthropologist and folklorist who wrote about African American culture in the rural South. In 1937 she published the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Maya Angelou (1928-) shown here performing at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, June 4, 1997. Angelou is a celebrated author and poet. Her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, described her tumultuous childhood.