How It Feels To Be Colored Me by Florida native Zora Neale Hurston was originally published in The World Tomorrow in May 1928. In this autobiographical piece about her own color, Hurston reflects on her early childhood in an all-black Florida town and her first experiences in life feeling different. In this beautiful piece, Hurston largely focuses on the similarities we all share and on her own self-identity in the face of difference. Through it all, I remain myself.
This short work is part of Applewood's American Roots series, tactile mementos of American passions by some of America's most famous writers and thinkers.