Alice Walker - Prize Winning Author:
Alice Walker is the author of The Color Purple
, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983. She was the first Black woman to win a Pulitzer for fiction. She also wrote the novels The Temple of My Familiar
andPossessing the Secret Joy
as well as numerous other books of essays, novels and poetry.
Her writings explore issues of race and gender and she is a a hero and inspiration to many women.
Alice Walker - Openly Bisexual:
Alice Walker admits to being bisexual and having a relationship with singer Tracy Chapman in the 1990s.
Alice Walker - Mother:
Alice married Melvyn Roseman Leventhal, a Jewish Civil Rights attorney in 1967. The moved to Jackson, Mississipi later that year and they became the first legally married inter-racial couple in the state. They are the parents of Rebecca Walker, born in 1969, who is also an openly bisexual author, but who has publicly criticized her mother and remains estranged from her.
Quotes from Alice Walker:
In an interview with The Guardian
when Alice Walker was asked about her relationship with Tracy Chapman and why it was kept quiet at the time, she said "It was quiet to you maybe but that's because you didn't live in our area."
In the same interview, when asked why she didn't come public about the relationship she said, "I would never do that. My life is not to be somebody else's impact - you know what I mean? And it was delicious and lovely and wonderful and I totally enjoyed it and I was completely in love with her but it was not anybody's business but ours."