Today Google honors the birthday of Zora Neale Hurston: http://zoranealehurston.com
I was given the honor of creating cover art for a biography of her and it was one of my favorite jobs as an illustrator. Many thanks to WH Freeman and art director Maria Epes.
In researching who she was, I read 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' and was profoundly moved. It helped to inform how I would treat my illustration of her.
Listen to Ruby Dee read an excerpt from the audio book of 'Their Eyes' here: