5. Alice Walker (1944 – Present)

Alice Walker is the Pulitzer Prize winner of the ground breaking classic The Color Purple from 1982. The story about a poor African American woman called Celie from Georgia, whose life is filled with abuse and a search for something better, is a studied text all over the world. Importantly, Celie stands up to her treatment and fights her oppression, and Alice Walker is an example to us all of a writer who can expose deep problems in society but retain a hopeful, inspirational message.

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