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February 9, 1944
Novelist, short story writer, poet, political activist
February 9, 1944 (age 78)
Alice Walker is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. In 1982, she became the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which she was awarded for her novel The Color Purple.
"The Color Purple", “The Temple of My Familiar”, “The Third Life of Grange Copeland”, “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens”, “Meridian”
Walker's creative vision is rooted in the economic hardship, racial terror, and folk wisdom of African American life and culture, particularly in the rural South. Her writing explores multidimensional kinships among women and embraces the redemptive power of social and political revolution.
In the 1980s Alice Walker emerged as a leading voice of the literary and feminist community in the 1980s. Walker's specific brand of feminism included advocacy of women of color. She also took part in Mississippi's 1960s Civil Rights Movement and in the 1963 March on Washington.
“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.”
“Hard times require furious dancing. Each of us is proof.”
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