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Analysis of Alice Walker Civil Rights Advocate and Writer Alice Walker best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple portrays black women struggling for sexual as well as racial equality and emerging as strong creative individuals Alice Walker was born on February 9 1944 in Eatonton Georgia She is the eighth child of Willie Lee and Minnie Grant Walker Alice Walker is an excellent writer notable for her unique style of bringing her characters struggles to life When Walker was eight her right eye was injured by one of her brothers resulting in permanent damage to her eye and facial disfigurement which secluded her as a child This is where her feminine point of view first emerged in a household where girls were forced to do the domestic chores unaided by the brothers Throughout her writing career Alice Walker has been involved in the black movement and displays strong feelings towards the respect black women should get In 1961 Walker entered Spelman College where she joined the Civil Rights Movement Two years after graduating in 1965 she married Melvyn Leventhal a Jewish civil rights lawyer In the summer of 1968 she went to Mississippi to be in the center of the civil-rights movement helping people who had been thrown off farms or taken off welfare roles for registering to vote In New York she worked as an editor at Ms Magazine and her husband worked for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund In 1970 Walker published her first novel The Third Life of Grange Copeland This novel addressed the ravages of racism on a black sharecropping family In Meridian 1976 her second novel she explored a womans successful efforts to find her place in the Civil Rights Movement Much of Walkers writings are very personal For example one of her first books was written during a time in which she was pregnant and suicidal This book described how
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