Monthly Archives: December 2009

As a writer born in the South, both black and a woman, I’ve had my share of disagreements with the legendary white male writer, William Faulkner, who, in the Sixties, was quoted as saying if it came to that, he’d join the white Southerners refusing integration in the South and “shoot down n—–s in the street.” He was an astonishing writer, with the… Continue reading

Aung San Suu Kyi

So Long a Letter

to Aung San Suu Kyi
(ahng sahn soo chee)

Prisoner #1 of Thousands and


Rangoon, Burma

From Alice Walker

In a Country With its Own Afflictions

The United States of America

February 15, 2009

Dear Aung San Suu Kyi,

Two weeks ago my partner, Garrett Larson, and I were in Rangoon, on your street, and passed by your gate. We… Continue reading

December 13, 2009 — Article ©2009 by Alice Walker

To paraphrase our beloved James Baldwin: the world is held together, really the world is held together by the love and compassion and clarity of thought of a very few individuals. Though this idea may be frightening, the world being in such distress, it is also comforting. At least there are a few people who can… Continue reading