A special author, Alice Walker

Alice Walker
Wed, 1944-02-09

*This date marks the birth of Alice Walker in 1944. She is an African American author, speaker, and poet.

Born Alice Malsenior Walker in Eatonton, Georgia, she was educated at Spelman and Sarah Lawrence colleges. Walker is responsible for a number of writings. Most of her material portrays the lives of poor, oppressed African-American women in the early 1900s. The Third Life of Grange Copeland 1970 is about the emotional growth of an African-American man. Meridian 1976 follows the life of an African-American woman during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Walker won the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for her best-known work, the novel The Color Purple 1982.

Possessing the Secret of Joy 1992, explores the tradition of female circumcision still practiced in some parts of Africa. By the Light of My Father’s Smile 1998, depicts a Christian missionary family, focusing on the relationship between the father and the three daughters and the relationship between Christianity and the spiritual traditions of the African community in which the family lives. Walker’s volumes of poetry include Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems 1973 and Goodnight, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning 1979.

Her nonfiction works include the essay collections In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose 1983, Living by the Word 1988, The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult (essays) 1996 and Anything We Love Can Be Saved 1997. In 2004, Walker has published her first book in six years, "Now Is The Time To Open Your Heart."

Black Women in America An Historical Encyclopedia
Volumes 1 and 2, edited by Darlene Clark Hine
Copyright 1993, Carlson Publishing Inc., Brooklyn, New York
ISBN 0-926019-61-9

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