The writer Alice Walker is today’s Black History Month LGBT+ hero, nominated by Pride-goer Wendy who writes: Alice Malsenior Tallulah-Kate Walker is a novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. In 1982, she wrote the novel The Color Purple, for which she was the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. As a teenager, I remember reading, loving and being moved by The Color Purple: a powerful indictment of racism and violence but with love and family winning through. I was so proud to read the Alice Walker poem New Face at my best friend’s wedding to her lovely wife. Here it is:
 
I have learned not to worry about love;
but to honor its coming
with all my heart.
To examine the dark mysteries
of the blood
with headless heed and
swirl,
to know the rush of feelings
swift and flowing
as water.
The source appears to be
some inexhaustible
spring
within our twin and triple
selves;
the new face I turn up
to you
no one else on earth
has ever
seen.
~ Alice Walker
 
To watch a short proflie of Alice Walker click here:
 
If you would like to nominate your hero or find out more about our BAME LGBT+ Forum, please email Norwich Pride historian Stevie at history@norwichpride.org.uk
 
You can check out all our Black History Month LGBT+ heroes on our website www.norwichpride.org.uk/news/
 
To download a copy of the Norfolk Black History Month 2020 brochure go to: www.norfolkblackhistorymonth.org/events