She graduated from Barnard in and for two years pursued graduate studies in anthropology at Columbia University.
During her last decade, Hurston worked as a freelance writer for magazines and newspapers. She drew from this research for her anthropological work, Tell My Horse InHurston earned an associate degree from Howard University, having published one of her earliest works in the university's newspaper.
Hurston was also a famous folklorist who applied her academic training to collecting African American folklore around her home-town in Florida. It was only after Hurston cut herself off from Mrs.
Restored Legacy More than a decade after her death, another great talent helped to revive interest in Hurston and her work: Alice Walker wrote about Hurston in the essay "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston," published in Ms. This manuscript was not published at the time.
She was one of the earliest initiates of Zeta Phi Beta sorority, founded by and for black women, and co-founded The Hilltopthe university's student newspaper.
She then spent two years studying anthropology at Columbia University. Her work in anthropology examined black folklore.
Shortly before she entered Barnard, Hurston's short story "Spunk" was selected for The New Negroa landmark anthology of fiction, poetry, and essays focusing on African and African-American art and literature. She secured a scholarship which allowed her to transfer to Barnard College, where she earned her degree in At the same time, Hurston had to try to satisfy Boas as her academic adviser, who was a cultural relativist and wanted to overturn ideas ranking cultures in a hierarchy of values.
She predicted that the loss of a separate school system would mean many black teachers would lose their jobs, and children would lose the support of black teachers.