Alice Walker

Alice Walker

Alice Walker

 In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.

Alice Walker

Alice Walker’s early life was the stuff that stories are made of. Her parents were sharecroppers in Georgia during the Jim Crow era. The level of prejudice and violence against African-Americans and African-American women was intense at that time. Segregation was the law of the land and interracial socializing was illegal, as was interracial marriage. Lynchings were common until 1940,just 4 years before she was born.

Although pressured not to educate their 8 children, of which Alice was the youngest, her mother was adamant that they receive an education.

Alice’s career as a writer began early in her life. Her book, The Color Purple was ground-breaking and was made into a critically acclaimed movie and subsequent Broadway musical.

She is credited with having created the word, ‘womanist’ which refers to a feminist woman of color.  An early civil rights activist,  her writings and activities have created controversy throughout her life.










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