The author of feminism, activism, The Color Purple and is separated from his only daughter Pratibha Parmar movie
Beauty in Truth
, about his life and work, you can read fascinating: you have so many different things in so many different places with many different people. Is that how you feel?
I saw at least five parallel lives, really! I wonder about this. I have no idea what's going on. But, yes, I live in Mexico, I live in Hawaii and I live in Northern California and my life has been. It is as if I had all this energy from ancestors who were not allowed to leave the plantation of 400 years and gave me all his desire to be part of the world.
The film begins with his upbringing in Jim Crow Georgia, one of eight children, the daughter of sharecroppers. His family had little money, but I had a very determined mother.
I think a lot of people in my community had very different types of mothers: mothers who had accepted the system of male dominance and white supremacy, and my mother never did. She could not. It just was not in it.
You started writing as a child. Do you remember what you wanted to say?
I wanted to have their own room. It would be decades before had read Virginia Woolf and her beautiful interpretation of this thought, but I knew that was what I needed. The story is that my mother said when I crawled it for me and I goneround the back of the house, and she found written with a stick in the ground.
you go to a school that his parents had helped build and then a scholarship to college. But after going to the south. Why?
In each of us there is a voice that knows exactly where to go. And I learned very early to hear, but that has caused so much pain and destruction, and I think this is the only answer. They offered me a scholarship that would have taken me to Paris, but I refused because I realized that my true responsibility was to go back and try to help people who were like my family. Then I heard the voice and just flew and went to Mississippi.
In his writings, he tried to give voice to his own family and others like them.
I have, because I wanted to be seen in his glory, in his humanity and struggles and difficulties, so like everyone else. Nothing, really, what I found in my family I could not find it in almost all families of the planet, in the same circumstances.
Would you say that his primary motivation was as a writer that lives hidden in the light?
When I was 13, my sister was a beautician - who trained the body to the morgue. One day she showed me the body of a woman who had been murdered. Her husband was wounded in the face. Now, many people listen to this story, and they categorize,. Try to box you into a corner, but in fact this kind of brutality against women is endemic and is increasingly coming to light
It's something to do at the age of 13 years.
had a big impact on me. And her daughter was in my class, and had the same name as my grandmother, who had been shot. I think when you start typing, it is often also follow the breadcrumb trail: minotaur never know who you'll meet. However, it is often one - or two or three
You have been involved in the movement for civil rights and feminism, especially when he moved to New York and worked with Gloria Steinem in
in the 1970s.
I love the women's movement and never thought of him as belonging to a particular segment of the population. I loved working with
, especially Gloria, because she understood that I really need a room for me, even there.
What are your thoughts on contemporary feminism?
The riddle somehow, which is why, after all the struggle and all the teaching - teaching was so important: we learned from each other, and teaches other women and girls - women, at this stage, are comfortable referring to themselves as individuals, and basically erase their femininity at every opportunity. I do not understand.
No, because time is always now, somehow - there are people who find the novel today. And I write with the same fervor that someone wrote 30 years ago. So the story is alive and in this way, even though I myself have written many books since then, and rarely think in the same way that the reader is new thinking, has its presence.
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