The founding member and bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea, recently posted a photo on his Instagram account and paid tribute to a black female author and activist and thanked her for the ‘richness she has brought’ to his life.

As you probably know, Flea enjoys actively using his social media accounts, and although he uses his Twitter account to mainly express his views on the rock culture and scene, he prefers using his Instagram account to share photos from his daily life, and pay tribute to the artists and musicians who have inspired him throughout his life.

Recently, he posted a photo of Zora Neale Hurston who is known for her career as an author, novelist, anthropologist, and filmmaker. She was born in 1891 and passed away in 1960 and is considered to be one of the key figures of the Harlem Rennaisance. Her literary works such as ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God,’ her dozens of novels, academic papers, and shorts stories were highly influential.

Bearing in mind that the legislation, and in the case of some states such as Florida the state constitutions, which mandated segregation were in force until 1968, Zora’s success and work as a black woman is, to say the least, astonishing. In his recent Instagram pots, Flea paid tribute to this amazing woman by expressing how much her works changed his life.

Here’s what Flea said in the caption of his recent Instagram post:

“I didn’t think my estimation of Zora Neale Hurston could be any higher after reading one of my favorite books as a young man, ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God,’ (Tea Cake!), but this past year I read both Barracoon and Dust Tracks On A Road, and my appreciation for Zora, and her place in history, expanded deeper and wider. I’m so damn grateful for the richness she has brought into my life. So today I celebrate her birthday and proclaim with love and profound enthusiasm HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZORA YOU LIVE FOREVER!!!❤️🤘🏼”

You can check out the photo that Flea posted on his Instagram account below.