Today is the birthday of Alice Walker. She was born in 1944.
My favorite book by Alice Walker is The Temple of My Familiar. I also enjoyed The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels who Have Returned with My Memories : Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, Agnes of God, The Gladyses, & Babe : a Memoir.
According to http://www.biography.com/people/alice-walker-9521939,
Alice Walker … worked as a social worker, teacher and lecturer, and took part in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Walker won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her 1982 novel, The Color Purple, and is also an acclaimed poet and essayist.
You can also see a video about her at that website.