Alice Walker (b. 1944) is an African-American author most famous for her 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, which was adapted to the screen in 1985 by Steven Spielberg. Also a life-long activist, Walker has supported a variety of different causes, some more controversial than others. Walker has had over 30 books published since her first poetry collection Once debuted in 1968.

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."

-Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple

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