When I first read The Color Purple, it pained me emotionally. I didn’t think I would get through it but I could stop reading. The opening, the lives of black women, and the abuse and torture that the characters endured seemed impossible to overcome. Reading it, I understand why Alice Walker once said, “The black woman is one of America’s greatest heroes.” But if ever there was a heroine you cheered for, it was Celie. And when she loved, and hoped, and finally achieved – it was righteous! The reunion at the end of The Color Purple still makes me tear up.
In addition to being a writer of poetry, novels, non-fiction, short stories and essays, Alice Walker is known as an American activist for Civil Rights, human rights, and the down-trodden. For me, I most appreciate the words on the page that bring me to another world and home again. After Celie has survived the toughest, life is finally the sweetest. She can sit on her porch with her family and truly say, “I don’t think us feel old at all. And us so happy. Matter of fact, I think this is the youngest us ever felt.”
If you haven’t read it, pick up The Color Purple by Alice Walker.