Rebecca Walker (a well known author and feminist in her own right)
became the first interracial legally married couple in Mississippi.
While her husband fought school desegration in the courts, Alice worked as a history consultant for the Friends of the Children Mississippi Head Start Program history.
Writing As A Young Wife
In 1968, her first book of poetry, Once, that she had begun in college was finally published
Alice also made her official debut into the literary world when she published her first short story, "To Hell with Dying”, a reaction to all of the negative feelings she had as a result of undergoing an abortion
Walker takes Rebecca and they go to Cambridge, MA.
Walker teaches a course at Wellesley College in African-American Women’s Literature.
First of it’s kind in the country.
Second book of poems, Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems. This is nominated for a National Book Award. It eventually wins the Lillian Smith Award from the Southern Regional Council.
In 1974, Alice's book, Langston Hughes: American Poet was published, which was a reader whose intention was to teach children about the legendary Harlem Renaissance Poet.
Only read a few pages and never gets a chance to finish it (suffered major stroke and was never able to finish the novel)
Internal Cultural Criticism
Although she received a lot of praise for her novel, she received criticism from some in the African-American community who thought her novel portrayed black men in negative stereotypical fashion as abusers and rapists.
Just like Zora Neale Hurston's critics during the Harlem Renaissance, some had not even read her book before offering attacks (“small minded”)
Alice earned an American Book Award for The Color Purple.
She was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for fiction which she went on to win in 1983.
She became the first African-American novelist to win the Pulitzer Prize.