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Time line ---- Alice Walker 1944 February 9 Alice Malsenior Walker is born to sharecroppers Willie Lee and 1952 At the age of eight Alice is accidentally blinded by one of her brothers while playing a game of Cowboys and Indians 1952-58 Alice is ostracized as an outcast because of her scar To deal with her feelings of loneliness Alice begins to read and write poetry 1958 At the age of fourteen while visiting her brother Bill in Boston Alice is taken to a hospital to have the cataract in her eye removed She becomes confident and her life is transformed 1960 Alice graduates as valedictorian from her high school class 1961 Alice Walker is awarded a scholarship to attend the historical African-American womans institution Spelman College 1961-63During her time at Spelman Alice participates in civil rights movement as an activist 1963 She leaves Spelman College which she finds too puritanical to attend Sarah Lawrence a liberal arts college in New York City 1964 After her junior year at Sarah Lawrence Alice travels abroad during the summer to become an exchange student in Uganda 1965 Walker returns to the south to work in voter registration and promoting welfare rights in Georgia 1967 Alice falls in love with Melvyn Rosenman Leventhal who she marries on March 17 1967 They move to Mississippi in becoming the states first legally married interracial couple in history 1967 Alice Walker publishes her first short story To Hell with Dying based in reaction to her depression 1969 Alices work in Georgia helps her to see the effect poverty on relationships between black men and women 1969 With the help of a National Endowment for the Arts grant Walker finishes The Third Life of Grange Copeland three days before her daughter Rebecca Grants birth 1969 Becomes a Writer in Residence at Jackson State University where she teaches Black Studies Courses 1970 Third Life of Grange Copeland is published 1970-71 Walker
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