Black History Month: Alice Walker

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Alice Walker was another Black woman I knew I wanted to feature this month. The Color Purple is not only an incredible book but one that has stood the test of time. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction making Walker the first Black woman to win the award. Her work as a writer and activism is well known. She is known for her fiction and poetry work. 


This is such an incredibly powerful quote. The more I think about it, the deeper it gets. At the end of the day, our power is all that we have. Our beliefs are what we hold on to and when we give that up, what more can we have?


This is also such a powerful quote. How much does a person care or love us if they do not allow us to grow? When they do not allow us to fight for what we want, do they want what is best for us? There is so much to consider about the people that we have in our lives. 


As someone who is struggling with what she wants in her future, this has been a great reminder to think of the present as well. I don't think this quote means that we shouldn't want better for our future but that maybe our present informs it more than we think it does. 


I wasn't sure if I wanted to include this quote on this list but after they year we've had in 2020, I figured out how important it actually was. After losing my grandfather, and dealing with that grief, I didn't know if there was a way for me to feel better. Would I ever be able to move on from this? And that's why this quote was so meaningful: even when there are things that are hurting me, there are things that can heal me.


I don't think I need to explain this quote because it speaks for itself. It's so incredibly powerful and a great place to leave off this post. 

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