Quote by Alice Walker: “once there was a beautiful young panther who ha...”
Alice Walker, February, , at Shippensburg University. Used by permission. Alice Walker is not only an extraordinary writer but also a strong leader in many pro-womanist campaigns. Although most people know her for her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Color Purple , Alice Walker has a diverse and interesting history and has contributed to many activist efforts nationwide. This accident left her permanently blinded in that eye. Afterwards she felt ugly and her confidence began to fade. One source says that she became shy and introverted, and spent a great deal more time reading and being alone.
A s a young civil-rights activist working in the southern states in the Sixties, Alice Walker met and fell in love with a Jewish civil-rights lawyer, Mel Leventhal. It was, in the truest sense of the words, a forbidden love; at that time, it was illegal for inter-racial couples to wed in Mississippi. You accepted it happily and licked rapturously as if it were the best ice-cream you'd ever had. It was a highly erotic moment, an eroticism heightened by the fact that just by licking the same ice-cream cone a huge portion of the Old South that had kept my soul and my free expression of eroticism chained was forced to fall. That was it, for me.
Interviewed recently by telephone, Walker said one reason she agreed to appear in the film is because the director, Pratibha Parmar, is a friend. The book and film adaptation, which came out three years later, led to such harsh and prolonged protests about the portrayal of black men that Walker later wrote a book about it. In the documentary and during her interview, Alice Walker expressed hurt and bafflement over the rift, saying that she and her daughter had been close for much of their lives, a point of view supported by Steinem and Parmar. The author said she had been reluctant to discuss her daughter in public, but changed her mind. You love them with heart and soul. And then the world takes over. Rebecca Walker, herself an author and a feminist, did not respond to an email from The Associated Press.
Who Is Alice Walker?
Her novels, most notably The Color Purple , focus particularly on women. A writer and feminist, Alice Walker is especially known for novels, poems, and short stories that offer great insight into African American culture and often focus on women., Born to sharecropper parents in Eatonton, Georgia, in , Alice Walker grew up to become a highly acclaimed novelist, essayist and poet.
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Alice Walker tells me she is about to have breakfast, so naturally my first question is, "what's on the menu? The minute film covers the full gamut of Walker's extraordinary life. In a straight chronological line, Parmar deftly chronicles her childhood in the racially segregated and deeply racist Deep South; her emergence as a civil-rights activist and writer; her unlikely marriage to New York lawyer Melvyn Leventhal they lived for a time in Mississippi, in open defiance of the state's miscegenation laws ; her subsequent divorce and romantic liaisons with men and women, most notably pop-recording artist Tracy Chapman she describes herself as neither heterosexual or gay, just "curious" ; the angry backlash from African-American men that greeted her best-selling novel, The Colour Purple , because it depicted them as violent misogynists; her continuing estrangement from her only child, writer Rebecca Walker, who very publicly excoriated her mother's parenting skills; and her recent political activism including two trips to Gaza on behalf of Palestinians. There are areas that need not be explored.