South Africa

South Africa

Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar and I are in Cape Town South Africa where I am a juror at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.  Our first session begins today, November 4th, in District Six a place that used to be home to a mixture of all colors and kinds of people until the white supremacist government of South Africa bulldozed the houses.  Turning a “black… Continue reading


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Justice for Palestine
A Call to Action from Indigenous and Women of Color Feminists

Between June 14 and June 23, 2011, a delegation of 11 scholars, activists, and artists visited occupied Palestine. As indigenous and women of color feminists involved in multiple social justice struggles, we sought to affirm our association with the growing international movement for a free Palestine.… Continue reading

By Marianne Schnall

Alice Walker is known for her literary fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning  The Color Purple (now a major Broadway play), her many volumes of poetry, and her powerful nonfiction collections. Her other bestselling books include In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens The Temple of My Familiar Possessing the Secret of Joy By the Light of… Continue reading

“Walker’s commitment to activism-in its myriad cultural, political and spiritual forms-shines forth convincingly in this wide-ranging collection of personal essays, remarks, letters, speeches and statements, many previously published. Tracing her advocacy to an ancestor, May Poole-a former slave who outlived most of her owners and died at the age of 125-Walker channels her own “love of nature and… delight in human beings” into thoughtfully selected… Continue reading

Nkosinathi Biko, eternal son, with Alice

I have spent most of the early morning thinking of what I want to say to you: there is so much. First of all I want to say that I am in your country, have been drawn to your country, the beautiful South Africa, which for some years in our own struggle we referred to as Azania, because of… 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

A Letter to the Graduating Class of Naropa University
from Alice Walker


May 11, 2007

Someone told me
that Earth
the only planet
that has mornings.

The only planet that has mornings!

This is an intriguing thought: and, how would they know? The poet in me loves it, however, because it sees the metaphor of new beginnings, optimism, rising to the occasion… Continue reading

Lest We Forget:
An open letter to my sisters who are brave

By Alice Walker

The author argues that we must build alliances not on ethnicity or gender, but on truth.

March 27, 2008

I HAVE COME home from a long stay in Mexico to find – because of the presidential campaign, and especially because of the Obama/Clinton race for the Democratic nomination – a… Continue reading