"How It Feels to Be Colored Me" is an autobiographical essay written by Zora Neale Hurston and published in the May 1928 issue of The World Tomorrow. It discusses issues such as racial identity and self-pride and how people of all races are essentially the same.
Hurston's self-discovery began when she was sent to a boarding school after the death of her mother. She becomes self-conscious about her race when she is referred to as "the little colored girl." Hurston overcomes her insecurities by recognizing that she is more than just her skin color. Toward the end of the essay, she realizes she is a complex individual, not defined by her race.