Day 4- Black History Month – The Color Purple Makes a Comeback!

Riveting Storyline Makes a Comeback – Remake with a New Cast!

Alice Walker’s soul-stirring novel “The Color Purple” depicted the lives of African-American women living in the Deep South in the early 1900s. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction on April 18, 1983, making Walker the first Black woman to win the award.

From her birth in 1944 in Putnam County, Georgia, the youngest of eight siblings and the child of parents who made their living as sharecroppers, Alice established herself as one of the formidable authors, civil rights activist, and philanthropist.

While growing up she was accidentally blinded in one eye, and her mother gave her a typewriter, allowing her to write instead of doing chores. She received a scholarship to attend Spelman College, where she studied for two years before transferring to Sarah Lawrence College. After graduating in 1965, Walker moved to Mississippi and became involved in the civil rights movement. She also began teaching and publishing short stories and essays.

“The Color Purple” was adapted into a feature film in 1985 directed by Steven Spielberg. Whoopi Goldberg played Celie alongside Danny Glover. The film is notable for Oprah Winfrey’s film debut as Sophia. The book was also adapted into a Broadway musical and its revival won a Tony Award in 2016.

Since the storyline deals with serious themes like incest, marital abuse, overt racism and sexism – that are not appropriate for young children, the book is banded from public libraries. However, this story has endured as one of Walker’s most-read works.

Well friends, “The Color Purple” is currently slated for a remake to be release on December 20, 2023 with an all-new cast.

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