Activism With Heart And Soul: A Dialogue with Alice Walker Part 1 of 2

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Speaking from the heart on a wide range of topics - poetry and writing, Mexico and the South, family and relationship, Buddhism and spiritual teachers, power and greed, politics and social change, death and transformation, and much more - Walker addresses these challenging times and how to live in balance. Her description of the beauty of solitude and having "hammock time" is captivating and reveals some of the source of her prolific creativity and personal integrity. This dialogue speaks to everyone concerned with the future of our society, our nation and our planet.


Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple, which was made in a movie by Steven Spielberg. She is the eighth child of Georgia sharecroppers. After a childhood accident blinded her in one eye, she went on to become valedictorian of her local school, and attend Spelman College and Sarah Lawrence College on scholarships, graduating in 1965. She is  the author of three collections of short stories, three collections of essays, five volumes of poetry, and several children's books. Her works are heartful reminders of the strengths of family, community, self-worth, nature, and spirituality.  (hosted by Michael Toms)

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Where does creativity originate
  • How to embody spirit in social activism
  • How you can benefit from "doing nothing"
  • What is "the raft" that takes us home
Host: Michael Toms             Interview Date: 7/22/2002                Program Number: 2963