The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation was established in September 1990 by novelist Marita Golden. Their mission is to develop, nurture and sustain the world Richard Wright community of writers of African descent. The programs and services preserve the legacy and ensure the future of Black writing. The Foundation is named for two genuises of American and world literature. The Foundation presents monetary awards for writers of African descent—the Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award™ and the Hurston/Wright Award™—and a multi-genre summer writers’ workshop for Black writers, Hurston/Wright Writers’ Week™.