|1944||Born to sharecropping parents Willie Lee and Minnie Tallula (Grant)|
Walker-February 9 in a small rural town of Eatonton, Georgia.
|1952||Wounded in her right eye with a BB gun wielded by one of her brothers.|
This incident would later have a profound effect on Walker, leading to
the kind of intense, inexorable self-consciousness discernible in all her
|1961||Matriculates at the prestigious Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.|
|1963-1965||Transfers from Spelman to Sarah Lawrence College.|
Takes a summer trip to Mother Africa.
Goes through the harrowing trauma of an abortion following an
Composes two landmark pieces: "To Hell with Dying," her first ever
published short story, and Once: Poems, her first volume of poetry.
|1965-1966||Graduates from Sarah Lawrence.|
Participates in successful voter registration in Liberty County, GA.
Becomes an active worker for the Civil Rights Movement in racist
|1966||Becomes the Breadloaf Writer's Conference Scholar.|
|1967||Wins first prize in the American Scholar essay contest for her penetrating|
essay, "The Civil Rights Movement: What Good Was It?"
Marries the Civil Rights attorney Melvyn Roseman Leventhal and
together, they have one child, daughter Rebecca, now a Yale graduate.
|1968||Publishes her first book of poems-- Once: Poems.|
Takes up appointment as writer-in-residence and Black Studies professor
at Jackson State University (then Jackson State College), Jackson, MS.
|1969||Assumes a new teaching post at Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS.|
|1970||Commences work on her important short story, "The Revenge of Hannah|
Begins her crucial search for Zora Neale Hurston.
Publishes her first novel, The Third Life of Grange Copeland.
|1971- 1972||Becomes a Radcliffe Institute Fellow|