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Early Life Introduction Born February 9 1944 in Eatonton GA which is a farming community in Middle Georgia The Accident When Alice Walker was eight years old she lost sight of one eye when one of her older brothers shot her with a BB gun by accident while playing a game of Cowboys and Indians Solitude After her accident Alices grades plummeted Because of the noticeable scar in her right eye she became an easy target for the other children in her school who teased her mercilessly To deal with her feelings of loneliness Alice begins to read and write poetry Transformation 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 College Life In high school Alice Walker was valedictorian of her class and that achievement coupled with a rehabilitation scholarship made it possible for her to go to Spelman a college for black women in Atlanta Georgia After spending two years at Spelman she transferred to Sarah Lawrence College in New York and during her junior year traveled to Africa as an exchange student She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College in 1965 Life after college and present life After finishing college Walker lived for a short time in New York then from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s she lived in Tougaloo Mississippi during which time she had a daughter Rebecca in 1969 Alice Walker was active in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and in the 1990s she is still an involved activist She has spoken for the womens movement the anti-apartheid movement for the anti-nuclear movement and against female genital mutilation Alice Walker started her own publishing company Wild Trees Press in 1984 She currently resides in Northern California with her dog Marley Complete
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