Today we bring you exciting news.
As you all know, we at Black Chick Media are huge fans of literary icon Zora Neale Hurston. This week, her previously unreleased book titled Barracoon debuted at number 2 on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Barracoon, named after the barracks that enslaved Africans were kept in before being forced onto slave ships, tells the story of Cudjo Lewis. Lewis was believed to be the last living person captured in Africa and brought to America as a slave in 1959, more than 50 after the slave trade was outlawed in the United States.
The work is not only important because of its subject matter. Barracoon, has singlehandedly reignited scholarly interest in Hurston as a social scientist. While Hurston is known to most for her works of fiction such as “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and “Moses, Man of The Mountain”, she was also a groundbreaking anthropologist and ethnographer.
In fact, she was one of the first to record and study African-American folklore during a period that most scholars ignored black culture or dismissed it as primitive.
Barracoon is a landmark text in the legacy of Hurston and the pantheon of black texts.
Get your copy of Barracoon ASAP!