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Alice Walker English Presentation
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Results in an unequal distribution of receiving a quality education throughout the schools
Overcrowding and the lack of a good school "infrastructure"
Children and their families must travel long distances to these locations which will only increase the number of girls not attending school because their families do not want to risk their young daughters walking far distances. Alice Walker By Ally Sorbara and Chloe Navarro "Alice Walker's work was so important because she was also a political activist for woman's rights aside from being a poet and a versatile writer. Her works embodies a wide variety of genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Walker's ability to capture the readers attention with her love of writing allows her audience to fully appreciate her writing in a way that they have some sort of connection towards the characters. " (http://www.biography.com/people/alice-walker-9521939) and........ After high school she attended Spelman Collage in Atlanta with a full scholarship but later transferred to Sarah Lawrence Collage
After collage she worked as a social worker, teacher, lecturer and became involved with the civil rights movements. Working within this movement inspired her first collection of poems Once.
In 1965 Alice married Melvyn Rosenman Leventhal, a white civil rights attorney.
In 1969 she gave birth to her first child Rebecca Grant.
1 year later her marriage ended and she moved to Northern California where she still lives and writes today(www.georgiaencyclopedia.org) Alice Walker is very diverse in here writing. She wrote poetry,novels, short stories and essays. Her most famous piece of writing is the The Colour Purple. "The Colour Purple is the story of 2 sisters-one a missionary to Africa and the other a child wife living in the south-who remain loyal to one another across time, distance and silence." (Alice Walker) In 1985 the Colour Purple was released as a motion picture starring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopie Goldberg. It was also made into a Broadway musical, which ran from 2004-2008. " The novel reveals the experiences of African American women through the life of Celie who copes with the wretched abuse from her father and her husband later on. This takes place in the early 1900's. It is a story of the struggle for independence and equality." (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/alice-walker) Alice Malsenior Walker was born on February 9th,1944 in Eatonton,Georgia
She is an American author, poet, feminist, and activist
Alice is the youngest of eight children
She was shy and had low self-esteem, due to an indecent that happened with a BB gun. However, she would soon overcome her shyness and become prom queen and valedictorian.(georgiaencyclopedia.org) She has been a major spokesperson for Black feminism. With her 3rd novel titled, The Colour Purple, she has received the Pulitzer Prize. Alice Walker was also the first African American to receive the award in 1983. Why is Alice Walker's work so important? "Many critics felt that the men portrayed in her novel were excessively negative but the overall message of black women were still recognized and admired." (http://www.enotes.com/color-purple) "Walker's writing style embodies the journey of her characters from despair and hardship to faith and enlightenment in her novels. She also reflects her writing based on her own experiences and the roots in the society she has lived in growing up. They touch on slavery and oppression of African American people and challenging the social limitations regarding race and humanity."
(http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/alice-walker ). My desire
is always the same; wherever Life
I want to stick my toe
& soon my whole body
into the water.
I want to shake out a fat broom
& sweep dried leaves
I want to grow
It seems impossible that desire
can sometimes transform into devotion;
but this has happened.
And that is how I've survived:
how the hole
I carefully tended
in the garden of my heart
grew a heart
to fill it.
Alice Walker Several of the characters in Alice Walker's writings follow similar plot line:
girl experiences hardships
girl experiences turning point
through turning point, girl experiences change and growth
girl overcomes previous hardships and rises above Alice Walkers major theme is the struggles of African American People but focuses more on women. Today there is still a struggle for African Americans to be treated as equals. Many people are still very racist towards coloured people. For example when Obama was re-elected, people who were Romney fans were not happy. They took to Twitter and starting posting very racist posts about Obama.
@LouieeMaggsz: "When in doubt, kick the n***** out. #Romney!!"
@pukingvagina: "So the n***** is still living life in that big white apartment."
@Walken4GOP: "Why did Obama's great grandaddy cross the road? Because my great grandaddy tugged his neckchain in that direction."
@madhouse12345: "Only thing black people are good at is basketball #run #shot #steal"
If Romney(a white person) had gotten into office there would not be these kind of comments written.(blogs.villagevoice.com) "UNICEF is an organization that focuses on a variety of issues in today's society across the globe, one of which is basic education and gender equality. Their work is seen through the 191 countries
UNICEF's goal is to recognize the rights of every child throughout the world and to raise awareness of the current issues in their countries and in finding ways to solve them This allows children to reach their full potential in a safe environment
Lastly the organization was created to conquer poverty, disease, violence and discrimination in order to change humanity together. created in 1946, by the United Nations after the second World War because European children experienced famine and disease providing food, clothing and health care.
From then on, UNICEF has been quite successful through their programs and initiatives. By giving children a great starting point in the beginning of their life, they are able to build a foundation for a better future. As with many countries, several children in Africa face different forms of violence such as sexual abuse as well as child trafficking, child labour and children in armed conflict. According to UNICEF, one of the challenges the world faces today is to, "promote gender equality and empower women by eliminating gender disparity in primary and secondary education" specifically in the West and Central regions of Africa. The gender gap between girls and boys in this region is tremendous with only 1 in 2 girls having the privilege of going to school. Chard and Niger are the countries in Africa where more than 70% of girls are not in school. Most girls are married by the age of 15 and normally have an average of 7 children. Forced marriage and early marriage is very common in their region which leads to domestic violence. "Obama's wife Michelle has also had many hateful comments made towards her as well. For example, Mike O’Neal(white person), speaker of the Kansas state house and Republican forwarded a cartoon likening the first black First Lady to the Grinch and calling her Mrs. YoMama. Jim Sensenbrenner, Wisconsin congressmen also made an offensive comment when he stated that Michelle was a hypocrite for leading the Let’s Move campaign because she has a "large posterior". (www.huffingtonpost.com) "Another example of modern day racism was when a comment was made by a witness to a shooting in Toronto. He said, "As long as it is Black people killing Black people who really cares". (www.torontosun.com) The video we are about to show by UNICEF will be discussing the violence women experience still to this very day. Congress of black women in Canada
The organization is there to:
"provide a network of solidarity for Black Women in South-Western Ontario and to be a united voice in the defense and extension of human rights and liberties of Black Women of Canada.
To plan and implement a program of service and action geared to the needs of Black Women
To provide a dynamic forum for the Black Women of South-Western Ontario to discuss those issues that are relevant to them and to develop the situations to bring about constructive change."
(www.cbwc-ontario.com) All in all, by encouraging girls to enroll in school and to be active participants for a more girl-friendly atmosphere we are slowly achieving universal basic education for everyone." (http://www.unicef.org/wcaro/english/overview.html) (http://www.orble.com/im/000/04/alice-walker21.jpg) THE END! :) In the region of West and Central Africa, children have their rights violated each and every day. |
40% of children do not attend school simply based on poverty and traditional beliefs. In particular, girls are penalized and do not experience the same opportunities and privileges as boys.