Walker, Alice: *1944

Information by Alice Walker


  • Staying Home in Mississippi; The New York Times, August 26, 1973. Walker recalls her experiences at the 1963 civil rights march on Washington
  • My Father's Country Is the Poor; The New York Times, March 21, 1977. A man in Cuba reminds Walker of her father and causes her to reflect on the different fates of these two men whose lives were both defined by poverty.
  • Children's Books; Remembering Mr. Sweet; The New York Times, May 8, 1988. Alice Walker describes the origins of her short story "To Hell With Dying," which was reissued, with illustrations, as a children's book.
  • Letter from Alice Walker to President Clinton, March 13, 1996, in which she talks about the US relation to Cuba.
  • A Bit of Gossip
    When Alice Walker took a teaching job at Wellesley College, she suggested teaching a course made up entirely of literature by women; it had never been done before. She searched for African-American women writers whose work she could assign, and single-handedly resurrected the work of Zora Neale Hurston, whose books had long been out of print. From MPR


  • Alice Walker talks about Hard Times Require Furious Dancing. The Commonwealth Club of California. November 4, 2010
  • Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. KOOP; January 18, 2009