AMERICAN MASTERS: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

AMERICAN MASTERS: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 2:00pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker.

Credit: Courtesy of Scott Campbell

Examine the dramatic life of writer/activist Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple.

Most famous for her seminal novel The Color Purple, writer/activist Alice Walker celebrates her 70th birthday. Born February 9, 1944, into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, she came of age during the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th-century America. Her mother, poverty and participation in the civil rights movement were the formative influences on her consciousness, becoming the inherent themes in her writing. The first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Walker continues to shine a light on global human rights issues. Her dramatic life is told with poetry and lyricism, and includes interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, Howard Zinn, Gloria Steinem, Sapphire and Walker herself. AMERICAN MASTERS: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth airs Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8 p.m. on WXXI World.



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