Learn more about Alice Walker, author of "The Color Purple," on Friday, February 7th at 9 pm

Jan 21, 2014

Most famous for her seminal novel The Color Purple, writer/activist Alice Walker celebrates her 70th birthday. Born February 9, 1944, into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, she came of age during the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th-century America. Her mother, poverty and participation in the civil rights movement were the formative influences on her consciousness, becoming the inherent themes in her writing. The first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Walker continues to shine a light on global human rights issues. Her dramatic life is told with poetry and lyricism, and includes interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, Howard Zinn, Gloria Steinem, Sapphire and Walker herself.

"Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" on American Masters airs on Friday, February 7th at 9:00 p.m.

Alice Walker (center) with director Pratibha Parmar (left) and producer Shaheen Haq on location in Northern California.