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Hattiesburg police received a call at four Thursday afternoon from the Jr. Food Mart on the corner of West 4th Street and Main Street when a man was harassing customers at gas pumps. When the officersMore >>
Hattiesburg police received a call at four Thursday afternoon from the Jr. Food Mart on the corner of West 4th Street and Main Street when a man was harassing customers at gas pumps.More >>
Black Americans You Never Heard Of (But Should Know)Black History Month: BiographiesMore>>
African-Americans have contributed to American society in every walk of life, and one purpose of Black History Month is to call attention to some of those who may have escaped notice. Here are 10 brief biographies from the Profile America series produced by the U.S. Census Bureau.More >>
Zora Neale Hurston was one of the great talents of the Harlem Renaissance - but had to work as a manicurist to support herself.
Even though she went to Howard University and was an accomplished author and anthropologist, she could not make a living from her writings. Her works include short stories, novels, anthropological folklore, an autobiography and at least one play.
Hurston died in a welfare home in 1960 and is buried in an unmarked grave. However, the power of her imagery and the richness of the culture which come to life in her works, have found her enthusiastic new audiences in recent years.
Today, there are 122-thousand people who make their living as authors -- 5 percent of them African American.
This profile is adapted from Profile America, a radio series produced by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2004.
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