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She comes through her own writing as a personality wedded to social change, constantly and often painfully working toward justice as she defines it. One of the most amazing and monumental things Walker has done in her literary career is to reintroduce certain black writers into the literary conversation. After graduating, she took it upon herself, perceiving a painful lack in her education and literary knowledge, to research whether the writers she missed existed at all.

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Hurston died in poverty, anonymity, and isolation, a tragedy that Walker finds reprehensible at best and culturally devastating at worst. We are a people. A people do not throw their geniuses away.

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And if they are thrown away, it is our duty as artists and as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children, and if necessary, bone by bone. Or rather, how in her telling of a story, there is so much theoretical and ideological meaning packed into every thought. Particularly when she writes about racial oppression, she has the keen ability to expose the hypocrisies in our widely-accepted national narrative.

Whenever I visit antebellum homes in the South, with their spacious rooms, their grand staircases, their shaded back windows that, without the thickly planted trees, would look out onto the now vanished slave quarters in the back, this is invariably my thought. I stand in the backyard gazing up at the windows, then stand at the windows inside looking down into the backyard, and between the me that is on the ground and the me that is at the windows, History is caught. I want to read everything Alice Walker has ever written. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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