Alice Walker is an African American writer, author, poet and novelist. She is best known for her Pulitzer prize winning novel The Color Purple. Alice Walker is a talented writer and I have enjoyed reading some of her other written works. I recently watched a documentary on PBS about her life and I was amazed.
As a child growing up in poverty, I was moved by the fact of how her parents, although poor and uneducated themselves, worked extremely hard to make sure she and the rest of her siblings had a decent education. Her mom, like so many other Black women at that time, worked 11 hours a day as a maid just to earn $17 a week. Her father was a share cropper.
Writing for her was an escape from what was going on around her and it was also an outlet for her to express herself. I was a little shocked to learn how one of her brothers shot her in the eye with a BB gun on purpose. Man, that was terrible. To protect her brother, she lied and said someone else done it. Despite all of that, Alice went on to become the valedictorian of her senior class.
I was surprised when she shared how she almost committed suicide after she had an abortion in college. That part blew me away. Eventually she met and married Melvyn Leventhal, a Jewish Civil Rights lawyer in Mississippi. That union produced her one and only child Rebecca Walker who is also a writer in her own right. One thing I found a bit sad was how their current relationship as mother and daughter is strained. This is due to the book Rebecca Walker wrote entitled Black, White and Jewish.
Maybe one day, these two amazing women and writers will push their differences aside and just forgive one another. Now that to me would be a GREAT happy ending to such an inspiring and moving story about the one and only Alice Walker.
Until next time…keep writing. I have a lot going on right now, but I’ll be posting updates about my current writing project in about another week. Stay tuned! My second novel is coming along nicely! I know yours is too! 😉