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For #BlackHistoryMonth, we're taking a look at our favorite African-American female fiction authors -- Alice Walker

For Black History month, we'd like to share some of our favorite African-American women fiction authors.

The third on our list is living legend, Alice Walker

AliceWalker from the Daily Beast (2012)
Photo credit-Monica Morgan / Wire Image

Like most of us, you probably associate Ms. Walker with her seminal book, A Color Purple -- either the book or the movie. For many women, the book opened us to our own experience of adult sexuality as well as abuse. The book highlights the delicate interplay of the family and cultural pressure that goes into silencing an individual's experience. It also displays the interplay of control and violence. 

Here are a few things you might not know about Ms. Walker:

  1. She's always been willing to lend her name and fame to causes that could use her light. We gave the example of her reviving interest in Zora Neale Hurston earlier in this series. She's reached out to support Chelsea Manning as well as brought attention to Pema Chodron.

  2. She practices Transcendental Meditation. 

  3. She was educated under segregation in Georgia. She was valedictorian of her class at Butler Baker High School. In spite of these humble beginnings, she went to Spellman college on an academic scholarship. After two years, she transferred to Sarah Lawrence College where she graduated in 1965.

  4. She and her first husband were harassed and threatened by white people including the Klu Klux Klan for being an interracial couple.

  5. She is an extraordinary poet who has also written twelve non-fiction books, including Anything We Love Can Be Saved: A Writer's Activism.In Anything We Love Can Be Saved, is about the authors belief that the world is fixable as long as we act.

  6. She is the co-founder of the small publishing house, Wild Tree Press.

Please join us in celebrating, author, poet, activist, Pulitzer Prize winner, and living legend, Alice Walker.

Looking for a book to read? If you haven't read the Color Purple, it's worth another look. It won a Pulitzer Prize as well as the National Book Award. The audiobook is brilliant.

Anything We Love Can be Saved is an inspirational call for authors to use our power as storytellers to create the world they long to see. 

The Color Purple by Alice Walker   Anything we love can be saved by Alice Walker



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