American Masters: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

American Masters: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Friday, February 7 at 9:00 p.m.

A portrait of Alice Walker, best known for her novel "The Color Purple."

Born February 9, 1944, into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, Alice Walker's life unfolded 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.