By Senior Lecturer in Law Mary Donnelly M.a (La
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Walker’s siblings and others who moved north in search of opportunity could reasonably expect to do better than their fathers had done. The beginning of the end of the Jim Crow era happened on December 1, 1955, when a woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus to a white passenger. Though transportation companies generally did not run two separate buses, 51 Alice Walker: The Color Purple and Other Works they did enforce distinct seating areas within a single vehicle, with blacks riding in the back.
Some mystery surrounds Smith’s death: Undoubtedly, she was in a serious car accident in 1937, but questions surround her treatment. Legend has it that Smith was refused treatment at a whites-only hospital, and by the time she reached the black hospital, she had lost too much blood to be saved. Smith’s biographer, Chris Albertson, has conclusively proven this story false: Both white and black ambulances appeared at the accident scene, and Smith was taken directly to the blacks-only hospital. In a 2003 interview, Albertson noted that the original story has proved tenacious, possibly because it is perceived as being more telling about the nature of life under Jim Crow.
This militancy crossed lines, having both political and artistic implications. ” Instead these students were more drawn to the black arts movement. “Framed philosophically as ‘the new black aesthetic,’ the literary outpourings of these emerging writers would come to be known as the Black Arts movement, with ‘death to whitey’ one of the signature themes of their poems, stories, and plays” (White, 176). Walker, only in her mid-twenties, was closer in age to her students than the authors she was trying to introduce to them.
Alice Walker: The Color Purple and Other Works (Writers and Their Works) by Senior Lecturer in Law Mary Donnelly M.a (La