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Alice and Native Youth

America Never Was America to Me... Langston Hughes.

The Red and the Black:  Alice and Native Youth

Intertribal Friendship House, Oakland, California, Fall 2019 Photo by Ester Hernandez

RUNNING FOR OUR LIVES: THE RACE FOR LEADERSHIP OF THE UNFREE WORLD

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15 De Enero De 1929, Una Fecha Sagrada

 

 

January 15, 1929 Is A Sacred Date

©2020 by Alice Walker

 

This is what I believe:
We are connected
Well before birth
To the date of our actual
Arrival.
Arriving at that date and time
Is crucial to who we become.
Martin, Beloved,
They have moved your date of birth
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La Bailarina Acuática 

 

book cover The Water Dancer, by Ta- Nehisi Coates

 

REWARD  ©2020 by Alice Walker

I rarely read reviews, but The Water Dancer, by Ta- Nehisi Coates, moved me so deeply and seemed so extraordinary I was curious about what reviewers might say.  I have now read a few reviewers’ notions, and it is just as I thought: they are on another planet. This is… Continue reading

 

The Sustaining Dignity of the Modest.     Photo by Alice Walker 2019

 

FIVE PRINCIPLES FOR GETTING THROUGH THE TRUMP YEARS 

An offering to:

THE PEACE BALL, THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM, WASHINGTON, D.C.

JANUARY 19, 2017

Copyright 2017 by Alice Walker

 

1.  Turn up the KINDNESS volume to everyone you know; and some you don’t know.

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Reprint: We Were Made For These Times, Clarissa Pinkola Estes

 

Clarissa Pinkola Estes, one of the greatest teachers our planet has offered. Thank you, Sister. ~AW

 

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our… Continue reading

El artista verdadero nos habla a lo largo del tiempo 

The True  Artist Speaks To Us Through Time (Alice with her dog, Mbele, SF,  the 90s)

Excerpts from this essay appeared recently in The Wall Street Journal.

© 2019 by Alice Walker

The place where I was born is as beautiful today as it ever was; at the curve in a highway… Continue reading

Alice and Lynd Staughton standing next to one another

CANDLES AT CHRISTMASTIME

©2019 by Staughton and Alice Lynd

 

Measured by numbers
We have lived 89 and 90 years.
Strangers ask us,
“How long have you two
Been married?”  And we answer,
“68 years.”
 
Gardeners have their own way
To sum things up.
Watching, touching, sniffing
They can tell
A sturdy plant with deep roots
And lovely leaves.
 
Each of… Continue reading

Día de Acción de Gracias Por llegar: Pensamientos sobre los libros que siguen

Book cover title On Earth Cover Online Final A Novel Ocean Vuong

                                                   

Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful for Artists; I Am Thankful for Books

©by Alice Walker 2019  November 28, 2019
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This piece turned up on my computer the day I was reading about the new film Queen and Slim; in which  both main  characters are black. Really.  I’m not sure where it is published; it seemed perhaps a timely look at how we might honor both our sounds and our looks.

Why write Speech you will never hear again?

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With Kaola bear. The outback. Australia. 1990s

Photo by Jean Weisinger

 

Australia Fire Koala Bear – WP article 2019-11-15

Kaola Bear, Beloved

© 2019 by Alice Walker

 

None of this is your fault,
You are blameless;

Like all  creatures

entirely native to this earth.

You are warm.  You love to hug.
In your eyes there is wonder

and peace.

There are… Continue reading

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