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Merze Tate in Greece
courtesy of Sonya Bernard Hollins


Sonya Bernard Hollins says she couldn’t shake the name Merze Tate, and has been following it ever since. 

From Library of Congress

This Sunday, African-American history scholar Michelle Johnson, who’s also the executive director of the FIRE Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, will present a lecture on “Oral Tradition in African American Culture.” It will focus on acclaimed playwright and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, one of the major figures in the Harlem Renaissance. Johnson knows the subject from experience -- she actually followed Hurston into rural Florida.