• Date of Birth

    Date of Birth
    Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. She was the eighth and youngest child of Minnie Tallulah Grant Walker and Willie Lee Walker.
  • Injuries

    In the summer of 1952, Alice Walker was blinded in her right eye by a BB gun pellet while playing “cowboys and Indians” with her brother. After this, she turned to poetry writing to ease her sadness.
  • A Day With MLK

    A Day With MLK
    She was invited to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s home in 1962 at the end of her freshman year. He recognized her for being invited to attend the Youth World Peace Festival in Helsinki, Finland.
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    Interracial Marriage

    She married Melvyn Laventhal, a Jewish civil rights lawyer, in 1963. They moved to Mississippi and were, probably, the only interracial couple living there. They were divorced in 1976.
  • Baby Girl

    Baby Girl
    Rebecca Walker is the daughter of Alice Walker and Melvyn Rosenman Leventhal. She is mixed and does similar work to her mother's by being a civil rightd activist.
  • First Published Novel

    First Published Novel
    Walker's first novel, The Third Life of Grange Copeland, is about a black slave who ruins two of his three lives. he does this by, in the first life, destroying his wife, Margaret, and blights the childhood of his son, Brownfield, in his second life. In his third life he trys to make things better by devoting his life to raising his granddaughter, Ruth. It takes place from the early 20's to the 60's
  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    "The Color Purple" is probably Alice Walker's most famous peices of work. It tells the story of a young girl named Celie, an uneducated 14 year old black girl living in Georgia. She is continually abused by her father, until she is forced to marry. Her new husband beats her. This book was made into a play and appeared on Broadway in 2005.
  • Wild Tree Press

    Wild Tree Press
    Alice Walker cofounded a publishing company called the Wild Tree Press, in 1984.
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    Alice Walker continues to write, and to be active in environmental and feminist/womanist causes.
    In 2011 shooting began on Beauty in Truth, a documentary film about Walker's life.
    justice. She truely is a great individual.