Alice Walker was born on this day in 1944.
Alice Walker is author of the classic novel The Color Purple, the story of a woman who is abused by her husband until she finds redemption in the arms of his mistress, cultivating the courage to stand up and eventually leave him. The characters in this novel also appear in the novels The Temple of My Familiar and Possessing the Secret of Joy. The latter inspects the culture of female genital mutilation and the effects it has on the psyche of women. She won the Pulitzer Prize for The Color Purple.
She is also responsible for the renewed interest in the writings of Zora Neal Hurston.