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In The Color Purple, Celie thinks of Shug that “she talk and act sometimes like a man” (81). Although her usual stage persona was the standard passionate woman-done-wrong by a no-good man, on the cover of this record, she appears in a peculiar outfit: She is wearing a skirt, but above the waist, she is dressed as a man, in a suit coat and vest, tie, man’s hat— a very unusual outfit for a woman at that time—and she’s talking to two attractive young women, apparently flirting with them. All the women are laughing.
Other major events of the era include the March on Washington in 1963. At the march, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his momentous “I Have a Dream” speech. In it he argued not for the racial supremacy of blacks, as the Nation of Islam did, but rather for genuine equality. ” . . I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. . I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.
Was denied even a steady pittance, free from strings, 43 Alice Walker: The Color Purple and Other Works that would have kept her secure enough to do her best work. . Only after she died penniless . . still following her vision and her road, did it begin to seem to some that yes, perhaps this woman was a serious artist after all. But you’re up against a hard game if you have to die to win it, and we must insist that dying in poverty is an unacceptable extreme. The success of The Color Purple, then, freed Walker from those constraints, and has allowed her the freedom for more than twenty-five years to live as she pleases.