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Hurston/Wright Foundation

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September 22, 2016

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Melanie Hatter

THE STORY:

Books are important. Of course I would say this. I'm a writer and I love books. Books help me make sense of the world. They help me escape the world, and open my eyes to ideas and situations I may never have thought of. Many of you likely know the names Toni Morrison, James Baldwin and Alice Walker; each has given treasures to the literary world.

Throughout history so many more black writers have contributed great works. Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright in particular have paved the way for many black writers to pursue publication. For black writers, there are few organizations dedicated to supporting what we do. The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that helps discover black writers, develop their writing abilities, and honor their achievements. The foundation was established in 1990 by award-winning author Marita Golden and bibliophile/cultural historian Clyde McElvene to be a resource center for training and a gateway to ensure the unique experience and voice of African Americans in literature. And it continues to honor black literature.

I have been a supporter of the Hurston/Wright Foundation for several years and have led its week-long fiction workshop for teens in 2013 and 2014. This year, I was honored to be invited to join the board of directors. This is a small foundation with a large impact on the black writing community, offering writing workshops, readings and its annual Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, which honors the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe. Introduced in 2001, the Legacy Award was the first national award presented to Black writers by a national organization of Black writers.

However, providing resources and events in support of black literature requires finances and as many non-profit organizations know, raising funds can be a challenge. As part of my continuing support, I want to raise $6,000 to help Hurston/Wright continue its mission to discover and honor black writers and black literature. Your donation will help fund:

* an annual monetary award presented to college writers at the Legacy Award Ceremony

* an annual week-long summer workshop for fiction and non-fiction writers led by award-winning authors

* an annual gala honoring and celebrating black writers

Join with me in supporting an organization that helps black writers bring great black literature to the world. To read more about the Hurston/Wright Foundation, visit http://www.hurstonwright.org/

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To This Fundraiser

$625

MONEY RAISED
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  • Melanie Lynn Griffin

    $25

  • Karen Bailis

    $25

  • Tania Hernandez-Andersen

    $25

  • Jennifer Brown

    $25

  • Kathleen Wheaton

    $25

  • Cynthia Hartley

    $50

  • Karolyn Michelsen

    $25

  • Michon Lartigue

    $50

  • Karuna Skariah

    $100

  • Carol-Lynn "Snowy" Snowden

    $50

  • Anne Madison

    $50

  • Becky Owens

    $50

  • Ronnie Zizmor

    $50

  • Tracy Chiles McGhee

     

  • Seanna Nichol

    $25

  • Amanda Barrett

    $25

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10% Raised of $6,000 Goal

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The Team: $625 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Amanda Barrett

Amanda Barrett

DONATION: $25

In honor of Melanie Hatter, my bestie and of the finest authors I know. 9 months ago

Seanna Nichol

Seanna Nichol

DONATION: $25

Happy Birthday Melanie! 9 months ago

Tracy Chiles McGhee

Tracy Chiles McGhee

9 months ago

Ronnie Zizmor

Ronnie Zizmor

DONATION: $50

10 months ago

Becky Owens

Becky Owens

DONATION: $50

10 months ago

Anne Madison

Anne Madison

DONATION: $50

In honor of the English teacher who inspired me...Mrs. Duffy 10 months ago

Carol-Lynn

Carol-Lynn "Snowy" Snowden

DONATION: $50

So proud of my Hampton classmate, Melanie! Let me know if there is anything else I can do! 10 months ago

Karuna Skariah

Karuna Skariah

DONATION: $100

On Anushka's 8th birthday 11 months ago

Michon Lartigue

Michon Lartigue

DONATION: $50

11 months ago

Karolyn Michelsen

Karolyn Michelsen

DONATION: $25

11 months ago