Alice Walker

(1944-present)

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Eatonton, Georgia, Alice Malsenior Walker is born

February 9, 1944

1961: She graduates and leaves for Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

1961

While at College she becomes actively involved in civil rights demonstrations

1962

Invited to MLK's home where she hears his famous speech at Washington

1963

Writes her first short story To Hell with Dying after becoming pregnant

1965

Meets and soon falls in love with Jewish law student Mel Laventhal

1966

Marries Laventhal and they become the first inter-racial couple in Mississippi

1967

Finishes The Third Life of Grange Copeland and gives birth to Rebecca

1969

The Color Purple is published and Walker becomes an over-night literary success

1982

Participates in the making of the film The Color Purple by Steven Spielberg

1985

Given a hero’s welcome after The Color Purple is screened in her hometown

1986