The Welcome Table: A Short Story, No. 3, 1970
Alice Walker became a contributing editor of Freedomways in 1974. In 1982 her novel The Color Purplereceived the Pulitzer Prize. Her other works include The Temple of My Familiarand The Third Life of Grange Copeland.
I'm going to sit at the Welcome table
Shout my troubles over
Walk and talk with Jesus
Tell God how you treat me
One of these days!
(for Sister Clara Ward)
The old woman stood with eyes uplifted in her Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes: high shoes polished about the tops and toes, a long rusty dress adorned with an old corsage, long withered, and the remnants