Alice Walker's Efforts for the Civil Rights Movement

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Alice Walker, born February ninth of 1944, was a child of tenant farmers in Eatonton, Georgia. As she lost sight in one eye from being shot with a BB gun, she read and wrote surrounding herself with her mother and aunts. As she witnessed the independence of these women, along with the oppression of the sharecropping system and violent racist acts, her artistic view was shaped. In 1961, she got involved with the Civil Right Movement at Spelman College, and became active after moving to Mississippi. Together with her husband, Civil Rights Lawyer Melvyn Rosenman Leventhal, married in March of 1967, she worked registering blacks to vote in Mississippi. They divorced after her daughter, Rebecca, was born. In 1968, Walker published her first poetry book, Once, and she became writer-in-residence, and a teacher of black studies at Jackson State University, and then Tougaloo College. In 1970, She published her first novel, The Third Life of Grange Copeland, a narrative of three generations of a black sharecropping family. The novel was praised for character sensitivity, although it received little popular or critical attention. Alice received the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship in 1971, and the Guggenheim Fellowship and her second McDowell Colony Fellowship in 1977. “Alice Walker’s works have received considerable praise, particularly from the black and feminist communities,” (Bloom 12) and although criticized for the negative portrayals of men, she focuses on issues faced by
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