JOIN ALICE WALKER AND SPECIAL GUESTS
FOR A MAGICAL WEEKEND OF STORYTELLING, COMMUNITY HEALING, AND ACTION FOR THE COMMON GOOD
We are delighted to announce that this April, you’re invited to join distinguished writer and activist Alice Walker at the third annual Movies & Meaning Festival for a long weekend of art, storytelling, and tooling up for social justice work and community healing. Participants will… Continue reading
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FIND YOUR PARENTS, AND HELP THEM
©2017by Alice Walker
Somewhere on this green earth
your parents are still alive;
why we thought parents ever died
is a mystery.
your father is still working
like a beast;
your mother, her shoes a joke, still washing
by calloused hand,
someone else’s filthy clothes.
You thought you had escaped… Continue reading
What To Do With The Mind?
©2017 by Alice Walker
I have not been this depressed since President John Kennedy was assassinated; no, I have not been this depressed since Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. No, I haven’t been this depressed since Malcolm X was assassinated. No, I haven’t been this depressed since Bobby Kennedy was assassinated. No, I haven’t been… Continue reading
I sat watching FENCES twice. Mesmerized. Enchanted. Loving everything about it. Including the many times Troy Maxson says “nigger,” all the inflections, the many times he shows how crafty, beaten down, and crazily standing up, he is. Denzel Washington’s acting (to say nothing of his directing) demonstrates the faith of love: that we can bear to witness where we’ve stood, fallen, cried… Continue reading
You left us on the day women all over the world
Well, you rose too, sweetest
You rose and I can see you smiling
As you returned to the village
Who, as they are wont to do,
Asked far too much of you,
Are there to receive you.
I hope they are!
For… Continue reading
PRAYER TO THE GREAT AWARENESS
Copyright 2017 by Alice Walker
January 21, 2017
(For the awakening.)
I do not doubt that you are there
and that I am also, in some future
and that together
we are enjoying it all.
And so I thank you,
in which I also live,
for Calla Lillies
and Hollyhocks… Continue reading
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Was the Civil Rights Movement a politically orchestrated distraction from the wars on the citizens, lands and cultures of yellow people half a world away? We were distracted, some more than others, by assassinations and hangings, fire bombing of cars and houses, and the humiliating back and forth “progress” of “integration” via the long torturous march of… Continue reading
I love the truth of this woman. She has always been standing where she stands now.
Even though times are hard, how lucky we are to see this
and to know what we are seeing. -AW
Read and Sign… Continue reading
It is a great experience to find one’s self taken over by a book, and that was my experience of BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah. There’s no more fascinating a relationship between mother and son anywhere, to my mind, than that between Trevor and his mother, Patricia. I can only wonder if she finds it as priceless as I do. … Continue reading