Alice Walker | Internationally Celebrated Activist | Chicago Humanities Festival


Internationally celebrated activist, self-termed womanist, and author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, “an American novel of permanent importance” (San Francisco Chronicle), Alice Walker is a canonical figure in American letters. Her creative vision is rooted in the economic hardship, racial terror, and folk wisdom of African American life and her writing explores multidimensional kinships among women and the redemptive power of social and political revolution. This conversation will explore the transformative effect of Walker’s life and body of work and honor the profound effect both Walker and her work have had on foregrounding black female experiences, relationships, and narratives. Walker will also discuss and share from her new bilingual collection of poetry, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart.

This program was recorded on October 28, 2018.

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