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Mallory Pazdersky Period-2 Alice Walker was born on February 9 1944 She was the eighth and last child of Willie Walker and Minnie Grant two sharecroppers in Eatonton Georgia Her parents experiences with the oppressive sharecropping system and the bitter racism of Southern whites greatly influenced her writing Her first novel The Third Life of Grange Copeland deals with the struggles of black sharecroppers in the racist South When Walker was eight one of her brothers accidentally shot her and permanently blinded her in one eye Ashamed of her facial disfigurement Walker isolated herself from other children reading and writing to pass the time On a scholarship for disabled students Walker enrolled in Spelman College in 1961 While she was there she became active in the Civil Rights Movement Two years later she left Spelman and transferred to Sarah Lawrence College on another scholarship She traveled to Uganda as an exchange student When she returned for her senior year she was shocked to learn that she was pregnant Afraid of her parents reaction she considered suicide However a classmate helped her obtain a safe abortion She graduated in 1965 The quote of Alice Walker that I chose to write about is one statingPeople tend to think that life really does progress for everyone eventually that people progress but actually only some people progress The rest of the people dont This shocked me as a powerful quote for many reasons One of them is about progress and I think that she is stating it as the progress blacks had to make in life to just go on For example to be accepted in society and for her growing up to learn how to progress Also in the summer of 1952 Alice Walker was blinded in her right eye by a BB gun pellet while playing cowboys and Indians with her brothers She was left with permanent damage in her eye and remained facially disfigured To move
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