5. Their Eyes Were Watching God

Eyes were watching godZora Neale Hurston, 1937

Number 5 on my book list to read in 2014. (may or may not be read as numbered)

I’ve always loved her name. It’s the name that totally fits a great writer. Unfortunately, I have never read anything by Ms. Hurston and it is about time I stop denying myself the pleasure. Zora was an American folklorist. anthropologist, author and a major figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Hurston wrote four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays. She is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. So I figure if I am going to read her work, I might as well start at what may be her best.

Each year, the last week in January, Eatonville FL host a multi-day and multi-discipline celebration of Zora’s legacy. I’m not sure when, but I plan to attend and have fun learning about Zora.

1. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1968

2. Ali’s Greatest Fight – Finished last week of February
Bingham, Howard L., Wallace, Max and Ali, Muhammad, 2012

3. The Sixth Extinction
Elizabeth Kolbert, 2014

4. My Ishmael: A Sequel
Daniel Quinn, 1998

5. Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston, 1937

6. Blues People: Negro Music in White America
Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), 1963

7. 12 Years a Slave
Solomon Northup

8. The Art of Waging Peace: A Strategic Approach to Improving Our Lives and the World
Paul K. Chappell, 2014

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About Michael T. McPhearson

Currently Michael is executive director of Veterans For Peace and co-chair of the Don't Shoot Coalition, A Saint Louis based coalition that formed in the aftermath of Michael Brown's police killing death in Ferguson, MO. From August 2010 to September 2013, Michael worked as the National Coordinator with United For Peace and Justice. He is a former board member of Veterans For Peace and as well as Executive Director from 2005 to 2010. He works closely with the Newark based People’s Organization for Progress and the Saint Louis centered Organization for Black Struggle. Michel also publishes the Mcphearsonreport.org expressing his views on war and peace, politics, human rights, race and other things. Michael also launched Reclaimthedream.org website as an effort to change the discourse and ignite a new conversation about Dr. Martin Luther King’s message and what it means to live in just and peaceful communities.