The Life of Alice Walker

By: Laura Kazdoba

Alice Walker

Alice Walker, born to a family of eight, was the last child. She was born to Willie Lee Walker and Minnie Tallulah. She lived with her family in Eatonton, Georgia, in 1944. After going to college, Walker became one of the first women's rights writer and best author of all time.

Walker's Education

Walker had always been in school, her parents made sure of that. After graduating high school, Walker got a scholarship to the best black women's college on the nation, Atlanta's University's Prestigious Spelman College. Later, she moved to another college. This one was called Sarah Lawrence College. It was a mostly white college with only a few blacks. Although it was first slightly uncomfortable for her, Alice soon became accustomed and loved the college. There, she grew in her writing skills and became a highly gifted writer.

Her Success

Her first success was with a book of poems that she wrote called Once. Two years later, she wrote a novel called The Third Life of Grange Copeland. After these two successes, Walker went all out. She wrote Revolutionary petunias, a collection of poems, In Love & Trouble, a volume of short fiction, and Meridian, a novel about the civil rights era. Even though these were such successes, her best and most successful writings came a couple years later, when she wrote The Color Purple, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy. Even though she has many great novels and writings, they all have the same hidden message. "Every soul is to be cherished, and that every flower is to bloom."