Her life journey influenced her
Personal life experiences as an African American
African American women and their rights.
As a small child she was accidentally shot in her right
eye and went blind in that eye as a result of the
incident. (she had to find a way to deal with her
She grew up around a violent racist environment.
She also grew up in poverty.
African American Women Rights
Her works has been greatly influenced by her life of
activism and struggles that African American
experienced during slavery and the times there after
she shares it in her quotes.
African American women had very little rights in the
early 1900’s. Society looked at them as lower beings.
Even though slavery had ended, some of them were
still treated like slaves.
Quotes by Alice Walker
“There is a special grief felt by the children and
grandchildren of those who were forbidden to read,
forbidden to explore, forbidden to question or to
I’ll try to teach my heart not to want things I can’t
“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for
“Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.”
“No person is your friend who demands your silence,
or denies your right to grow.”
“Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.”
“ I have learned not to worry about love, but honor its
coming with all my heart.”
Wrote several novels
The Color Purple
The Third Life of Grange Copeland
Published numerous numbers of poetry
Revolutionary Petunias and other poems
Wrote Short Stories
In Love and Trouble
You Can’t Keep A Good Women Down
Alice Walker uses her life experiences as a poor African
American child in a discriminatory town and used her
voice to speak out.
Her works influenced her writing by turning her life
experiences and using them in celebrating her
accomplishments of a strong African American
Her writing has helped to bring the civil rights
movement to into the forefront of society.
Although her writing style varied, her themes always
connect to African American Heritage and hardships.
She is well known for her book “The Color
Her writing focused on African American women and
human rights. She made a stand to fight for the rights
of ALL women.
She expressed the pain and suffering she and other
African American women experienced in human
treatment, human sexuality, and cruelty against
She used her writing to expose her personal life.
Alice Walker uses her writing to give voice to those she
felt could not be heard.
Her writings and poems expressed the wrong doing
that African America women experienced from
African American men.
Alice Walker’s strengths: