Novelist Alice Walker Telling the Black Woman's Story

To me, the black black woman is our essential mother,
the blacker she is the more us she is and to see the
hatred that is turned on her is enough to make me despair,
almost entirely, of our future as a people.
- Alice Walker

Am I a Feminist or a Womanist? | Only Black Girl in Class

I work toward the liberation of women,but I'm not feminist.I'm just a woman.- Buchi Emecheta

Solange: 'I Am A Proud Black Feminist And Womanist'

I AM what is called a Feminist.
Thirty years ago I left a monastery and began a sane human existence.
Within two or three years, I find, I was defending the rights of women.
- Joseph McCabe

The Color Purple as a feminist/womanist text » The …

The trouble with our people is as soon as they got
out of slavery they didn't want to give the white man nothing else.
But the fact is, you got to give em something.
Either your money, your land, your woman or your ass.
- Alice Walker

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In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens is followed by five volumes of non-fiction prose. In Living By the Word (1988), a collection of essays, Walker revisits the writing of The Color Purple and addresses concerns such as the potentialities of certain forms of masculinity, our relation to the earth, and the meaning and value of folklore. In The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult (1996), she reexamines the controversies and condemnations generated by The Color Purple, the novel and the film. Anything We Love Can Be Saved (1997), featuring both essays and letters, is a record of Walker’s activism in which she pays tribute to such figures as Fidel Castro, Salman Rushdie, Audre Lorde, and others. Sent by Earth: a Message from the Grandmother Spirit (2001) is a meditation on the state of the nation and the world following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Through prose and poetry and by summoning such voices as Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk and peace advocate, Walker provides us with a searing condemnation of war in general and the Iraq war in particular. Walker’s most recent collection of essays is We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For (2006). In these essays and lectures she pays tribute, once again, to such figures as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Fidel Castro, and also challenges us to find, in this dissolving world, a practice that will sustain and direct us. In 2010, Walker published Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horrors in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel. This is a searing and brilliant meditation on genocidal violence directed at women and children, among others. In this essay, Walker also establishes parallels between the events in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Gaza with the Holocaust and Trail of Tears.

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Walker’s other novels include The Temple of My Familiar (1989), which explores, among many things, black women’s spirituality through the ages. Possessing the Secret of Joy appeared in 1992 and details the horrors and repercussions of female genital mutilation through the coming of age of its heroine Tashi, a character first introduced in The Color Purple. Walker’s commitment to exposing the devastating effects of female genital mutilation led to the 1993 documentary Warrior Marks, a collaboration with the British-Indian filmmaker Pratibha Parmar. Walker treats the important themes of father-daughter relationships, sexuality, and spirituality in By the Light of My Father’s Smile, published in 1998. In Now is the Time to Open Your Heart (2004), her most recent novel, Walker offers a rich and illuminating exploration of love, spirituality, and the search for wholeness in the modern age.

Difference between Feminism and Womanism

The Color Purple, now a classic of American literature, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007. The award-winning novel served as the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film and has been adapted for the stage by Scott Sanders. Premiering at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater in September 2004, The Color Purple opened at New York City’s Broadway Theatre in December 2005. LaChanze starred as Celie and won a Tony Award for best leading actress in a musical in 2006. In 2010, Walker completed an audio recording of The Color Purple.

Alice Walker's The Color Purple: Womanist Folk Tale …

It's so clear that you have to cherish everyone.
I think that's what I get from these older black women,
that every soul is to be cherished, that every flower Is to bloom.
- Alice Walker