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An Evening with Alice Walker

Thu, May 25 from 7:30 – 9:30pm EDT Arts & Entertainment

Celebrate our exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 with acclaimed poet, novelist, activist, and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alice Walker in this intimate lecture inspired by her life’s work and the exhibition. Walker won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983… Continue reading

En EspañolLarge old green tree in field of flowers photo on Alice Walkers Garden

 

“Nigger”

In the Language of Love
(Turning a poison into medicine)

©2017 by Alice Walker

 

For all those who remind us how this works.
 
Pretty soon we might all be niggers -
A just karma is beginning to
snow down upon us.
Maybe you will be happier then:
to find you can indeed
live on your knees
and sometimes create… Continue reading

Mindful Money Book Cover forward by Alice Walker

This is a book about money and happiness for which I wrote a foreword.  This is quite weird, actually, since for much of my life I’ve had relatively little of it, money that is, though it seems I was born not to miss out on a good chunk of happiness, for which I am grateful to the core.  I have worked with the… Continue reading

En español

Photo by Dorothea Lange

 

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.

Somewhere
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

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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

Alice Walkers Garden photo Fence with Painted Flowers

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

En español
Sobonfu Somé Alice Walker Garden

Sobonfu Somé

You left us on the day women all over the world
Are rising.
Well, you rose too, sweetest
Of sisters.
You rose and I can see you smiling
As you returned to the village
Of Dano.
The ancestors
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

The Sympathizer Book Cover Viet Thanh Nguyen

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

En español, Lee y Firma El Llamado a la acción para detener a Trump y Pence antes de que asuman el poder

 

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

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