6 Fascinating Facts About Alice Walker

Learn more about the woman behind influential pieces of literature such as The Color Purple.

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1. Alice Walker is blind in one eye.

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2. Alice Walker and her husband had the first legal interracial marriage in Mississippi. 

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3. Alice Walker helped the world rediscover Zora Neale Hurston.

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4. Alice Walker even put a marker on Zora Neale Hurston’s grave. 

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  • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Zora Neale Hurston Papers

5. The Color Purple's Shug Avery was based on Ma Rainey.

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6. The Color Purple is being adapted into another movie.

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