The Temple of My Familiar Analysis

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Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944 in Eatonton, Georgia. She was the youngest, eighth child of Minnie Tallulah Grant Walker and Willie Lee Walker. Her parents were both impoverish sharecroppers. The atmosphere of vicious racism and her family’s poverty would later play an integral part in her writing. In 1961, she graduated high school as a valedictorian and pursued a further education at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, on a scholarship. At Spelman she participated in several civil rights demonstrations. A year later towards the end of her freshman year, she was invited to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s home in acknowledgment of another invitation she had been given to go to the Youth World Peace Festival in Helsinki, Finland. In 1963, Walker partook in “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” where she listened to King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech. After attending Spelman for two years, Walker was given a scholarship to Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She accepted and became a part of the scarce population of young African Americans to attend the prestigious school. She was mentored by writer Jane Cooper and poet Muriel Ruykeyser, who ultimately kindled her passion and talent in writing. However, by her senior year, Walker had gotten pregnant and suffered from a large amount of depression. She constantly contemplated committing suicide. In her beginning volumes of poetry, Walker attempts to explain her depressed state and everything she was going through. In 1966 when she returned to Mississippi, Walker married a Jewish civil rights law student, Mel Leventhal. As one of the first inter-racial couples in Mississippi, they dealt with a lot of violent and murderous threats from the Ku Klux Klan. This did not affect her continuant participation in civil rights movements, which influenced several of her essays on the
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