34 Facts About Alice Walker


Alice Malsenior Tallulah-Kate Walker was born on February 9, 1944 and is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist.

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Alice Walker's has faced criticism for her endorsement of antisemitic conspiracy theories and the conspiracist David Icke.

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Alice Malsenior Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia, a rural farming town, to Willie Lee Walker and Minnie Tallulah Grant.

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Alice Walker's found two of her professors, Howard Zinn and Staughton Lynd, to be great mentors during her time at Spelman, but both were transferred two years later.

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Alice Walker was offered another scholarship, this time from Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, and after the firing of her Spelman professor, Howard Zinn, Alice Walker accepted the offer.

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Alice Walker became pregnant at the start of her senior year and had an abortion; this experience, as well as the bout of suicidal thoughts that followed, inspired much of the poetry found in Once, Alice Walker's first collection of poetry.

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Alice Walker wrote the poems that would culminate in her first book of poetry, entitled Once, while she was a student in East Africa and during her senior year at Sarah Lawrence College.

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Alice Walker would slip her poetry under the office door of her professor and mentor, Muriel Rukeyser, when she was a student at Sarah Lawrence.

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Alice Walker's took a job working for the Legal Defense Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Alice Walker worked as a consultant in black history to the Friends of the Children of Mississippi Head Start program.

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Alice Walker has written several other novels, including The Temple of My Familiar and Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992) (which featured several characters and descendants of characters from The Color Purple).

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Alice Walker's has published a number of collections of short stories, poetry, and other writings.

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In 2000, Alice Walker released a collection of short fiction, based on her own life, called The Way Forward Is With a Broken Heart, exploring love and race relations.

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Rebecca Walker, Alice Walker's only child, is an American novelist, editor, artist, and activist.

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In 2007, Alice Walker donated her papers, consisting of 122 boxes of manuscripts and archive material, to Emory University's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.

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In 2013, Alice Walker published two new books, one of them entitled The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm's Way.

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Alice Walker's took part in the 1963 March on Washington with hundreds of thousands of people.

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On March 8, 2003, International Women's Day, on the eve of the Iraq War, Alice Walker was arrested with 26 others, including fellow authors Maxine Hong Kingston and Terry Tempest Williams, at a protest outside the White House, for crossing a police line during an anti-war rally.

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Alice Walker wrote about the experience in her essay "We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For.

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In 1983, Alice Walker coined the term womanist in her collection In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens, to mean "a black feminist or feminist of color.

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In January 2009, Alice Walker was one of over fifty signatories of a letter protesting against the Toronto International Film Festival's "City to City" spotlight on Israeli filmmakers, and condemning Israel as an "apartheid regime.

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Alice Walker's planned to visit Gaza again in December 2009 to participate in the Gaza Freedom March.

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Alice Walker is a judge member of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.

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In May 2013, Alice Walker posted an open letter to singer Alicia Keys, asking her to cancel a planned concert in Tel Aviv.

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Alice Walker has refused to allow The Color Purple to be translated and published in Hebrew, saying that she finds that "Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and in the Occupied Territories" and noting that she had refused to allow Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of her novel to be shown in South Africa until the system of Apartheid was dismantled.

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Alice Walker has been a longtime sponsor of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

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Since 2012, Alice Walker expressed appreciation for the works of the British conspiracy theorist David Icke.

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In 2017, Alice Walker published an anti-Semitic poem on her blog entitled "It Is Our Duty to Study The Talmud", recommending that the reader should start with YouTube to learn about the allegedly shocking aspects of the Talmud, describing it as "poison.

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Alice Walker said: "In Icke's books there is the whole of existence, on this planet and several others, to think about.

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In 1965, Alice Walker met Melvyn Rosenman Leventhal, a Jewish civil rights lawyer.

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Alice Walker legally added "Tallulah Kate" to her name in 1994 to honor her mother, Minnie Tallulah Grant, and paternal grandmother, Tallulah.

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Alice Walker has claimed she was in a romantic relationship with singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman in the mid-1990s, saying, "It was delicious and lovely and wonderful and I totally enjoyed it and I was completely in love with her but it was not anybody's business but ours.

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Alice Walker's spirituality has influenced some of her most well-known novels, including The Color Purple.

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Alice Walker's has written of her interest in Transcendental Meditation.

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