Poetry was to be found in the natural world around me, I rationalized, in the act of living itself. I wanted to see if I could live without the words and, instead, focus on the experience. I say it was funny, but in reality it was rather sad. I was the untethered elephant Stafford had warned us about.
Alice Malsenior Walker born February 9, is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist. Her mother supplemented the family income by working as a maid. A white plantation owner said to her that black people had "no need for education".
Minnie Lou Walker, according to her daughter, replied "You might have some black children somewhere, but they don't live in this house.
Don't you ever come around here again talking about how my children don't need to learn how to read and write. Because the family had no car, the Walkers could not take their daughter to a hospital for immediate treatment.
By the time they reached a doctor a week later, she had become permanently blind in that eye. When a layer of scar tissue formed over her wounded eye, Alice became self-conscious and painfully shy. Stared at and sometimes taunted, she felt like an outcast and turned for solace to reading and to writing poetry.
When she was 14, the scar tissue was Outcast by alice walker. She later became valedictorian and was voted most-popular girl, as well as queen of her senior class, but she realized that her traumatic injury had some value: Walker became interested in the Civil Rights Movement in part due to the influence of activist Howard Zinnwho was one of her professors at Spelman College.
Continuing the activism that she participated in during her college years, Walker returned to the South, where she became involved with voter registration drives, campaigns for welfare rights, and children's programs in Mississippi. She worked as writer in residence at Jackson State College —69 and Tougaloo College —71 and was a consultant in black history to the Friends of the Children of Mississippi Head Start program.
Writing career Walker's first book of poetry was written while she was a senior at Sarah Lawrence.
She took a brief sabbatical from writing while working in Mississippi in the civil rights movement. Walker resumed her writing career when she joined Ms.
Hunt discovered Hurston's unmarked grave in Ft. The women chipped in to buy a modest headstone for the gravesite. InWalker's second novel, Meridian, was published. InWalker published what has become her best-known work, The Color Purple. The novel follows a young troubled black woman fighting her way through not just racist white culture but patriarchal black culture as well.
The book became a bestseller and was subsequently adapted into a critically acclaimed movie directed by Steven Spielberg featuring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldbergas well as a Broadway musical totaling performances.
She and fellow writer Robert L. Allen founded it in She has published a number of collections of short stories, poetry, and other writings. Her work is focused on the struggles of black people, particularly women, and their lives in a racistsexistand violent society. Walker is a leading figure in liberal politics.
The collection also contains a scrapbook of poetry compiled when Walker was 15, entitled "Poems of a Childhood Poetess.
She credits King for her decision to return to the American South as a civil rights activist for the Civil Rights Movement. She took part in the March on Washington.
Later, she volunteered to register black voters in Georgia and Mississippi. In an interview with Democracy NowWalker said, "I was with other women who believe that the women and children of Iraq are just as dear as the women and children in our families, and that, in fact, we are one family.Alice Walker.
Blog About Contact Be Nobody's Darling. 2/17/ 3 Comments Be nobody's darling; Be an outcast. Take the contradictions Of your life And wrap around You like a shawl, To parry stones To keep you warm. Watch the succumb To madness With ample cheer; Let them look askance you. 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. In African American literature: Alice Walker.
Be an outcast”; and Meridian (), a novelistic redefinition of African American motherhood. In Walker’s most famous novel, The Color Purple, an epistolary novel that depicted rape, incest, bisexuality, and lesbian love among African Americans, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award..
The successes of Morrison. Alice Walker 9 February - Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia, the youngest of eight children, to Willie Lee Walker and Minnie Lou Tallulah Grant. Her father, who was, in her words, "wonderful at math but a terrible farmer," earned only $ a year from sharecropping and dairy farming.
Alice Walker is an African-American woman and an important writer of our time. I haven’t read even half of her work, but what I have read has left a great impression upon me. At times controversial, Alice Walker writes honestly about many important issues, such as racism, black culture, civil.
Alice WalkerOutcastWritten in Alice Walker grew up in Eaton Georgia, with her parents who soon later were removed from the land that she grew up on, her mother worked as a maid making $17 dollars a week to keep her in school. But when Alice Walker.