What Is "How It Feels To Be Colored Me"?

"How It Feels To Be Colored Me" is a descriptive essay written in 1928 by African-American author Zora Neale Hurston. In the essay, Hurston describes her realization of self-identity and discovery of pride in herself.

Hurston begins the poem by describing her experiences growing up in a primarily black community, Eatonville, Fla. She writes about watching white northern tourists pass through her town and how she enjoyed interacting with people from her front porch when they passed. However, she moved away from Eatonville at age 13, and came to the realization that she was no longer just Zora; she was "colored." Hurston extensively uses metaphors to describe her building of self-pride, while admitting that there were times she sensed racial differences. However, she writes about how she remained resolved to live righteously and not let racial inequality deter her from that path.