American Masters: Alice Walker - Beauty In Truth

About This Episode


Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth charts Alice Walker’s inspiring journey from her birth into a family of sharecroppers in Eatonton, Georgia, to the present. The film explores Walker’s relationship with her mother, poverty, and participation in the Civil Rights Movement, which were the formative influences on her consciousness and became the inherent themes in her writing. Living through the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th century America, Walker overcame adversity to achieve international recognition as one of the most influential - and controversial - writers of the 20th century.

Delving into her personal life, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth reveals the inspiration for many of her works, including "Once" (1968), "The Third Life of Grange Copeland" (1970), "Meridian" (1976), "The Color Purple" (1982), "In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens" (1983), "Possessing the Secret Joy" (1992) and "Overcoming Speechlessness" (2010).

Praised and pilloried, Walker has driven people to express joy as well as anger and ruthless vilification over her art, personal views and global human rights advocacy. AMERICAN MASTERS analyzes these aspects of the self-confessed renegade’s life and career.