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Walker, Alice


Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


Born February 9, 1944 in Eatonton, Georgia in the US south, Alice Malsenior Walker is an award-winning writer, best known for the epistolary novel, The Color Purple (1982). She is also a political activist concerned with women's rights, racial justice, and an array of global iniquities, many of which implicate US geopolitical and military policies. In 2010 and 2012, she served as a jurist in the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, an international people's tribunal promoting peace and justice in the Middle East. She has also actively opposed the US embargo against Cuba and protests the mass incarceration that disproportionately targets people, particularly young men, of color in the United States. The youngest of eight children in a family of sharecroppers, Walker was educated at historically black Spellman College and Sarah Lawrence College. She attributes her activism in the 1960s civil rights movement to the influence of radical historians and activists Howard Zinn and Staughton Lynd, who taught her at Spellman. However, she credits her overall commitment to activism to her great-great-great-great grandmother, Mary Poole, a courageous woman enslaved during the entire span of the nineteenth century ( Walker 1997 , xiii). Walker's prolific body of literary work encompasses poetry, short stories, novels, and essays. Throughout her career, she has addressed the embodied experience of ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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