Alice Walker

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Alice Walker

American author, poet, and activist add

Category: Literature

Born in 1944.

Countries: United States (53%), Israel (12%), Palestine (12%)

Main connections: Steven Spielberg, The Color Purple (film), Audre Lorde

Linked to: Sarah Lawrence College, Emory University, Daily Mail, Anti-Defamation League




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Alice Walker was born in 1944 add something


In 1952, Walker was accidentally wounded in the right eye by a shot from a BB gun fired by one of her brothers add something


Alice Walker met Martin Luther King Jr. when she was a student at Spelman College in Atlanta in the early 1960s add something


After high school, Walker went to Spelman College in Atlanta on a full scholarship in 1961 and later transferred to Sarah Lawrence College near New York City , graduating in 1965 add something


Spelman College - Zinn mentored many of Spelman's students fighting for civil rights at the time, including Alice Walker and Marian Wright Edelman Zinn was dismissed from the college in 1963 for supporting Spelman students in their efforts to fight segregation; at the time, Spelman was focused on turning out "refined young ladies


In 1965, Walker met Melvyn Rosenman Leventhal, a Jewish civil rights lawyer add something


They were married on March 17, 1967 in New York City add something


The couple had a daughter Rebecca in 1969, who Walker described as "a living, breathing, mixed-race embodiment of the new America that they were trying to forge add something


In addition to her collected short stories and poetry, Walker's first novel, "The Third Life of Grange Copeland", was published in 1970 add something


Her short stories include the 1973 "Everyday Use", in which she discusses feminism, racism and the issues raised by young black people who leave home and lose respect for their parents' culture add something


Zora Neale Hurston - Her remains were in an unmarked grave until 1973, when novelist Alice Walker and literary scholar Charlotte Hunt found an unmarked grave in the general area where Hurston had been buried, and decided to mark it as hers


Her 1975 article "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston", published in "Ms add something


In 1976, Walker's second novel, "Meridian", was published add something


Joel Chandler Harris - In 1981 the writer Alice Walker accused Harris of "stealing a good part of my heritage" in a searing essay called "Uncle Remus, No Friend of Mine"


In 1982, Walker published what has become her best-known work, the novel "The Color Purple" add something


Most of the paperback award-winners were reprints, including the 1983 Fiction add something


The book became a bestseller and was subsequently adapted into a critically acclaimed 1985 movie as well as a 2005 Broadway musical add something


Steven Spielberg - In 1985, Spielberg released The Color Purple, an adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, about a generation of empowered African-American women during depression-era America.


The Color Purple (film) - "'The Color Purple"' is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker


Patricia Hill Collins - In 1990, Collins published "Black Feminist Thought", which looked at the title topic through such figures as Angela Davis, Alice Walker and Audre Lorde


Charles R. Johnson - In the updated 1995 introduction to his novel "Oxherding Tale", Johnson engendered a political firestorm when he seemed to criticize Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" for its negative portrayal of African-American males


Iraq War - On March 8, 2003, International Women's Day, on the eve of the Iraq War, Alice Walker, along with Maxine Hong Kingston, author of "The Woman Warrior"; Terry Tempest Williams, author of "An Unspoken Hunger"; and 24 others were arrested for crossing a police line during an anti-war protest rally outside the White House add something


Stephen Bray - Bray made his Broadway debut in 2005 as composer and lyricist for the Broadway version of the Alice Walker book, "The Color Purple"


Allee Willis - She co-authored the Broadway musical version of "The Color Purple", based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Alice Walker and film by Steven Spielberg, which opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theater on December 1, 2005, and continues on national tour


In November 2008, Alice Walker wrote "An Open Letter to Barack Obama" that was published online by "The Root" add something


Brad Lamm - In 2008 Lamm was married to television and theatrical producer Scott Sanders in a ceremony officiated by novelist Alice Walker


Eamonn Walker - In October 2008 he performed on BBC Radio 4 in the first adaptation of Alice Walker's 1982 epistolary novel "The Color Purple" in the UK, serialised in ten parts


Toronto International Film Festival - In January 2009, she was one of over 50 signers of a letter protesting the Toronto International Film Festival's "City to City" spotlight on Israeli filmmakers, condemning Israel as an "apartheid regime add something


!Gaza War - In March 2009, Alice Walker traveled to Gaza along with a group of 60 other female activists from the anti-war group Code Pink, in response to the Gaza War add something


She planned to visit Gaza again in December 2009 to participate in the Gaza Freedom March add something


In a June 2011 interview, Walker described the United States and Israel as "terrorist organizations" stating "When you terrorize people, when you make them so afraid of you that they are just mentally and psychologically wounded for life -- that's terrorism add something


On June 23, 2011, she announced plans to participate in an aid flotilla to Gaza that attempted to break Israel's naval blockade add something


Laura Albert - In 2012 she served on the juries of the first Brasilia International Film Festival and the Sapporo International Short Film Festival; she attended Brazil's international book fair, Bienal Brasil do Livro e da Leitura, where she and Alice Walker were the U.S. representatives


In 2013, on BBC Radio's "Desert Island Discs", she said the act was actually deliberate but she agreed to protect her brother against their parents' anger if they knew the truth add something


"Beauty in Truth", a documentary film about Walker's life directed by Pratibha Parmar, premièred in March 2013 add something


In May 2013 Alice Walker indicated her support for the conspiracy theorist David Icke add something


In June 2013, Walker and others appeared in a video showing support for Bradley Manning add something


" In 2017, Walker published a poem on her blog entitled "It Is Our Duty To Study The Talmud", recommending that the reader should start with YouTube to learn about the evils of the Talmud add something


In 2018, Walker was asked by a "New York Times" interviewer, What books are on your nightstand- She listed Icke's "And the Truth Shall Set You Free," a book promoting an antisemitic conspiracy theory based on "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion add something