PBS' 'American Masters' to profile Alice Walker during Black History Month

Sunday, February 2, 2014

PBS will commemorate Black History Month with shows including a profile of The Color Purple author Alice Walker. The program will air Fri., Feb. 7, at 9:00 p.m. on WTIU as part of the American Masters series.

Most famous for her seminal novel The Color Purple, writer/activist Alice Walker celebrates her 70th birthday. Born February 9, 1944, into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, her 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. 90 minutes.

Watch the film trailer: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth.

Check the WTIU schedule for other PBS shows marking Black History Month in February.