Join us for a free Women & Girls Lead film screening on Sunday, February 23rd at the Moxie Cinema in its new downtown location at the corner of Campbell and McDaniel. In honor of African American Heritage Month, we will be showing Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth.
A key American artist of our times, Alice Walker made history as the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize. Her novel The Color Purple, published in 1983, captured popular imagination and has left a permanent imprint.
Walker’s dramatic life has been lived in a spirit of resistance, resilience, and grace. Born in 1944, the eighth child of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, Walker’s early life unfolded in the midst of violent racism and poverty during some of the most turbulent years of profound social and political change.
Her upbringing and her participation in the civil rights movement in Mississippi in the 1960s greatly influenced the themes that are inherent in her writings and her commitment to social and political activism. The film looks at key moments in the life of a fearless pioneer whose literary, poetical voice has driven people to express the whole gamut of human emotions; from joy, celebration, and enlightenment to anger and ruthless vilification.
Following the film join us for an audience discussion led by Dr. Matthew Calihman, Missouri State English professor and African American literature specialist.