Alice Walker

A Woman for Our Times

by Deborah G. Plant


Alice Walker has actively participated in every major social movement in America, including the Civil Rights and Black Arts movements, movements for women’s rights, peace, animal rights, and the environment, as well as the Occupy Wall Street movement. Her life of political and social activism has the potential to inspire the new millennial generation toward authentic and creative action, and mindful and progressive change.

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August 2017


Pages 251
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics The Arts/General
  Race and Ethnicity/General

This biography explores Alice Walker's life experiences and her lifework in context of her philosophical thought, and celebrates the author's creative genius and heroism.

Born in Eatonton, GA, in 1944, a daughter of sharecroppers, Alice Walker has lived a remarkable and courageous life, and she continues to do so as an elder. Taking inspiration from her great-great-great-great grandmother who lived enslaved in the American South and died at age 125, Walker's activism stems from a philosophy that embraces all life and expresses itself through courageous truth-telling, a resolute stand for freedom, and radical love.

Alice Walker: A Woman for Our Times offers a full examination of the intellectual underpinnings of Walker's life and her oeuvre from a philosophical standpoint. This philosophical biography draws a portrait of the author that reveals the nuances of her character, clarifies the relationship between her life experiences and her lifework, and the philosophical thought that underlies both. This work will be essential reading to those interested in Black studies, women's studies, the Civil Rights and Black Arts movements, peace studies, the American South, philosophy, psychology, sociology, spirituality and New Age literature, and ecology and eco-feminism.


  • Represents the only biography that offers a philosophical examination of this deeply philosophical artist-activist
  • Provides insightful perspectives on negotiating our ever-changing and volatile world
Author Info

Deborah G. Plant is associate professor of Africana studies at University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. She is editor of Praeger's "The Inside Light": New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston, and author of Praeger's Zora Neale Hurston: A Biography of the Spirit and Every Tub Must Sit on Its Own Bottom: The Philosophy and Politics of Zora Neale Hurston.

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