Alice Walker

(9 February 1944 - / Eatonton Georgia)

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Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia, the youngest of eight children, to Willie Lee Walker and Minnie Lou Tallulah Grant. Her father, who was, in her words, "wonderful at math but a terrible farmer," earned only $300 a year from sharecropping and dairy farming. Her mother supplemented the family income by working as a maid.She worked 11 hours a day for USD $17 per week to help pay for Alice to attend college.

Living under Jim Crow Laws, Walker's parents resisted landlords who expected the children of black sharecroppers to work the fields at a young age. A white plantation owner said to her that black people had “no need for education.” Minnie Lou Walker said, "You might have some... more »

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  • ''How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers' names.''
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983). "A Letter to the Editor of Ms.," Ms. (New York, Aug. 1...
  • ''It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's "mature" critics often are.''
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of our Mothers' Gardens (1983). "A Writer Because of, Not in Spite of, Her Children," ...
  • ''If I could live as a tree, as a river, as the moon, as the sun, as a star, as the earth, as a rock, I would. ...Writing permits me to experience life as any number of strange creations.''
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. poet and fiction writer. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 12, by Claudia Tate (1985).
  • ''Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home.''
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983). "Breaking Chains and Encouraging Life," Ms. (New York,...
  • ''The original "crime" of "niggers" and lesbians is that they prefer themselves.''
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of our Mothers' Gardens (1983). "Breaking Chains and Encouraging Life," Ms. (New York,...
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  • Freshman - 1,085 Points Paul Sebastian (3/22/2014 8:06:00 AM)

    Good advice on living frugally when you have little. Great!

  • Freshman - 1,085 Points Low Law (2/21/2014 9:36:00 AM)

    this is not a poem…in fact most of alice waker's 'poems' are not poems. these do not speak to me, nor do they touch me, intrigue me or mean something. to all of you who look at these poems and believe they have some deep and revolutionary meaning, think again. all this stuff it just sounds like political nagging and complaint, and frankly its tiring me. just because she has some sort of an important name does not make her every product a piece of art. wake up people! think for yourselves for a moment, if i told you that her poems were made by a five year old you would not take it seriously right? so why act as if these are master pieces? ? they're not! i like poems, i love it when they are smart, rhyme, cute, or sad, painful, depressing or even modern poems i don't mind, but this… this is ridiculous.

  • Freshman - 1,085 Points Michael Warner (3/20/2012 4:17:00 PM)

    Expect Nothing

    Beautiful!

  • Freshman - 1,085 Points John Wallace (3/20/2012 3:23:00 PM)

    I am very touched by, and enjoyed your poem Blessed are the poor in spirit. It managed to say something I have been trying to communicate for some time now.

  • Rookie - 13 Points Albert Price (2/1/2011 6:08:00 PM)

    The poem 'Expect Nothing' gives me the sensation of unscrewing a lightbulb in total darkness. The expectation is boundless.

  • Rookie - 13 Points Mo. (8/11/2007 1:50:00 PM)

    Amazing Author!
    Her novel, ''The Color Purple, ''
    Won both the Pulitzer prize and
    The American book award.

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