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Alice Malsenior Walker

Champion of Global Justice

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Date of Birth:

1944

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Eatonton, Georgia, U.S.

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Why Featured?

Advocacy for Palestinian Rights

Brief bio

Alice Walker is an acclaimed American writer and activist, best known for her novel "The Color Purple," which won the Pulitzer Prize. Beyond her literary achievements, Walker is noted for her staunch advocacy on various social issues, including the rights of Palestinians.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: In 1982, Walker became the first African-American woman to win this prestigious award for her novel "The Color Purple"...See More

  • Recovery of Zora Neale Hurston's Work: Walker was instrumental in reviving interest in this Harlem Renaissance writer, which significantly impacted African-American literature.

  • Activism in the Civil Rights Movement: During the 1960s, Walker actively participated in voter registration drives and worked for the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP.

  • Academic Contributions: Walker taught at several institutions, enhancing her role as an educator and mentor to young writers and activists.

  • International Advocacy: Walker's visit to Gaza in 2009 highlighted her commitment to international human rights, particularly her support for Palestinians.

  • Literary Innovation: Walker's narratives often focus on the struggles and triumphs of African-American women, bringing their voices to the forefront of American literature.

  • Womanism: She coined the term "womanism" to describe a form of feminist philosophy that emphasizes the experiences of women of color.

  • Cultural Preservation: Through her literary and public life, Walker has helped preserve and celebrate African-American heritage and its influence on national culture.

  • Global Activism: Her advocacy extends globally, particularly her opposition to Israeli policies in Palestine and her support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement...See More

  • Environmental and Animal Rights: Walker is also known for her environmental activism and animal rights advocacy, demonstrating her commitment to a broad range of social justice issues.

Date of Last Update: 
July 8, 2024

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