|Net Worth||$8 Million|
|Height||Writer, Novelist, Poet, Author|
|Profession||United States of America|
|Date of Birth||Feb 9, 1944 (78 years old)|
What’s Alice Walker’s Net Worth?
Alice Walker is an American writer, poet, and activist with a $8 million net worth. The book “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker is the one that most people know her for. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for the book, making her the first African-American woman to do so. Walker’s other works include the novels “Meridian,” “The Temple of My Familiar,” and “Possessing the Secret of Joy,” as well as the poetry collections “Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful” and “Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart.”
Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. She was the eighth and last child of Minnie and Willie Walker, who worked as sharecroppers. She went to East Putnam Consolidated when she was four years old. Walker’s right eye was hurt when her brother hit her with a BB gun projectile when she was eight years old. Because her family didn’t have a car to take her to the hospital, she lost the sight in her right eye for good. This event made Walker want to learn to read and write.
Walker went to Butler Baker High School as a teenager, which was the only school in the area that let black students in. She was the top student in her high school class, so she got a full scholarship to go to Spelman College in Atlanta. Walker took a scholarship to Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, when one of her mentors was moved and another was fired. In 1965, she got her diploma from the school.
Walker got pregnant at the beginning of her last year at Sarah Lawrence. Walker’s first book of poems, “Once,” was inspired by the abortion that followed and by a time when he thought about killing himself. In 1968, the collection came out.
Walker worked for the New York City Department of Welfare for a while after she graduated from Sarah Lawrence. She then moved back to the South and started working in Jackson, Mississippi, for the Legal Defense Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Walker also helped the Friends of the Children of Mississippi Head Start program as a consultant. Later, she went to Jackson State University and Tougaloo College to work on her writing. In the early 1970s, Walker became the editor of Ms. Magazine.
Walker’s first book, “The Third Life of Grange Copeland,” came out in 1970. It’s about an abusive and lazy sharecropper named Grange Copeland and his wife, son, and granddaughter. Walker’s second book, “Meridian,” was published in 1976. It is about Southern activists during the civil rights movement. Many of the things that happen in the book are like things that happened to Walker.
“The Color Purple”
Walker’s best-known book is “The Color Purple,” which came out in 1982 and was her third book. The book tells the story of Celie, an African-American teenager who lives in poverty in the South of the United States at the turn of the 20th century. She has to deal with the bad effects of racism and the patriarchy the whole time. “The Color Purple” was a best seller and won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was also made into a well-reviewed movie in 1985, with Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Danny Glover. The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg. In 2005, “The Color Purple” was a big hit on Broadway.
Since “The Color Purple,” Walker has written many more novels, as well as short story collections, nonfiction books, and poetry books. “The Temple of My Familiar,” written in 1989, and “Possessing the Secret of Joy,” written in 1992, are two of her best-known books. The second one is about Tashi, a character from “The Color Purple” who was not very important. Walker’s nonfiction books include “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose,” “Warrior Marks,” “We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For,” and “Overcoming Speechlessness.” Her short story collection “The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart,” which came out in 2000, was based on her own life. “Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems,” “Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth,” “Hard Times Require Furious Dancing,” and “Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart” are all collections of Walker’s poems.
Walker is known for both what she writes and what she does to help people. She got involved in the civil rights movement early on because she met Martin Luther King Jr. when she was a student at Spelman College. Walker took part in the March on Washington in 1963. Later, he volunteered to help black people register to vote in Mississippi and Georgia. She has also spoken out for women of color and came up with the word “womanist” to describe a black feminist. Walker has helped the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom for a long time.
Walker went to Gaza with 60 other female activists to ask Israel and Egypt to open their borders with Gaza. This was just one of the things she did as an activist. In 2011, she went back to Gaza to join the Gaza flotilla, which was meant to break through Israel’s naval blockade.
Walker has been accused of being against Jews more than once. She praised David Icke, a British conspiracy theorist whose books spread antisemitic ideas. Walker also wrote a poem called “It is Our (Frightful) Duty to Study the Talmud.” The lines in “It is Our (Frightful) Duty to Study the Talmud” were very offensive to Jews. She has also stopped “The Color Purple” from being published in Hebrew.
Walker married Melvyn Leventhal, a lawyer for civil rights, in New York City in 1967. After that, they moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where they were the first mixed-race couple to get married legally. Rebecca was their daughter. She was born to Walker and Leventhal. In 1976, the couple finally split up. After that, Walker moved to Northern California, where she and Robert L. Allen started a publishing company for women called Wild Tree Press.
Alice Walker bought a house in Berkeley, California, in the middle of the 1990s. In 2016, she sold this house for $2.65 million. The chancellor of U.C. Berkeley bought the house.