Womanist Proseand Living by the Word —she also expresses concern for the environment, animal rights, and world peace. A strong spiritual element can be found in her work, as well as an enduring message of hope.
It shows how an abused young woman evolves through the help of other women and her own inner strength to throw off the shackles of male oppression to find love and affirmation within herself and in the arms of another woman.
Walker has also been instrumental in rediscovering and promoting other Black women writers, past and present, most notably Zora Neale Hurstonwhose work she edited and interpreted. Alice was the last of eight children of Minnie Lou Grant Walker and Willie Lee Walker; precocious, outgoing and adored by all, she by all accounts enjoyed a happy early childhood.
Despite poverty, discrimination in the face of Jim Crow laws and threats from the Ku Klux Klan, the Walkers saw to it that their chidren attended school. Her father worked as a sharecropper on a white-owned farm.
Braving the Klan, he was the first black man in their county to vote. Her mother worked in the cotton fields and later as a maid.
Walker remembers her as the source of her own strong sense of purpose: When Alice was eight, she was accidentally injured while playing with two of her brothers; the shot from a BB gun left her blind in one eye and physically and emotionally scarred. Feeling no longer lovely or loveable, she retreated into a world of books and introspection which she later claimed enhanced her empathy with the suffering of others as well as her observational powers.
For six years, she suffered the shame and guilt of feeling an outsider. At 14 she was given an operation which removed the cataract in her eye and restored her appearance and sense of self-esteem.
Here she became active in the civil rights movement, attending the March on Washington, and studied with such influential radical historians as Howard Zinn and Staughton Lynd.
She wrote with a daring and force that separated her from the rest. After graduating with honors from Sarah Lawrence Walker worked briefly for the welfare office in New York City, but soon realized that it left her little time for writing. Here she met and fell in love with her co-worker, the young Jewish civil rights lawyer Melvyn Leventhal.
Daughter Rebecca was born in Alice Walker often felt overwhelmed trying to combine motherhood with writing and teaching she held positions at Jackson State, Tougalou College, and later at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Wellesley College and Brandeis University: Walker returned to the north on a fellowship at the Bunting now Radcliffe Instituteand a second poetry collection, Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems, and the short story collection In Love and Trouble: I am preoccupied with the spiritiual survival, the survival whole, of my people.
But beyond that, I am committed to exploring the oppressions, the insanities, the loyalties, and the triumphs of black women. Conversations with Alice Walker, ed.
Magazine and began a long-term collaboration with Gloria Steinem. In she published Meridian, a novel dealing with the personal and political conflicts of the Civil Rights movement.
Walker and Leventhal divorced in and two years later she relocated to San Francisco, which she hoped would be more conducive to her writing than New York. She had also begun a year relationship with Robert Allen, then an editor for the academic journal The Black Scholar.
The book was made into a film by director Steven Spielberg that launched the acting careers of Whoopie Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey and was nominated for 11 Academy Awards.
Presumably in part because of the opposition it had engendered, the film did not win a single Oscar.Jan 03, · Maya Angelou and Alice Walker Contemporary literature has two of the most outstanding authors that have ever lived.
African – American authors Maya Angelou and Alice Walker undeniably epitomizes a woman of strength and substance.
Alice Walker is an African American novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, and activist. Her most famous novel, The Color Purple, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in Walker continues to speak out on the issues she cares about through public appearances and publications; moreover, her official web site, Alice Walker’s Garden, houses a blog on which she regularly practices her belief that “writing is an essential strategy against oppression.” (Gillespie 15).
Watch video · Writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston was a fixture of the Harlem Renaissance and author of the masterwork 'Their Eyes Were Watching God.' . Alice Walker met Martin Luther King Jr. when she was a student at Spelman College in Atlanta in the early s.
Walker credits King for her decision to return to the American South as an activist for the Civil Rights Movement. Alice Walker (born February 9, ) is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist. She wrote the novel The Color Purple (), for which she won the National Book Award for hardcover fiction, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.