Alice Walker Biography

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So who is Alice Walker, you may ask? Alice Walker; born in Eatonton, Georgia in year of 1944 is a novelist, poet and feminist who is one of the most admired African-American writers working today. As a major American novelist, Alice Walker’s work displays a ray of universal truths while speaking about the issues concerning women and women of color. At a young age, Walker was grown to the idea of racial separation. Living in the racially divided South, she attended segregated schools; however that did not stop her in pursuing in her academics. She graduated as the valedictorian of her class, and with the help of a scholarship, she was able to attend Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia In the late 1900’s, young Walker become an activist in the Civil Rights Movement fighting for equality for all African Americans. The goals of the Civil Rights Movement were to end racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans and to secure legal recognition. Along side of being a Civil Rights Movement activist, Alice Walker was also a “Womanist” who appreciated women’s culture, emotions, and character. She states a female’s experience should be able to pursue across boundaries of race and class. Walker's work is her ability, as a writer, to reach out to all women by writing about those things that are personal for her characters. Much of Alice Walker’s writing in the late 1900’s was centered on young women attempting to find themselves in their unhealthy relationships.
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