January 7: Zora Neale Hurston. AMELIA TO ZORA: TWENTY-SIX WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD

Zora N. Hurston, author

Jan. 7, 1891-Jan. 28, 1960

Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee, illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy (Charlesbridge, 2005)

Z
is for Zora in this tribute to famous women. An African-American writer
during the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston was also a folklorist and
anthropologist.

A page about Zora Neale Hurston
is available at the VG: Voices from the Gaps Women Artists and Writers
of Color, An International Website. It offers information about
Hurston’s life and times, writings, and criticism.

January 5: ALVIN AILEY

Alvin Ailey

Jan. 5, 1931-December 1,1989

Alvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Hyperion, paperback, 1995)

African
American dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey’s Texas childhood, his
Los Angeles dance experiences, and his founding of the Alvin Ailey
American Dance Theater in New York City make for inspiring reading.

Attend an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance or learn more about their programs at Alvin Ailey.org.