|1944|| Alice Malsenior Walker born February 9 in Eatonton,|
Georgia to Minnie Lue and Willie Lee Walker.
|1952||Involved in accident which left her permanently blind|
in one eye.
|1961||Received full scholarship for handicapped students,|
because of her partial blindness, to attend Spelman
|1963||Transferred to Sarah Lawrence College. Came under|
tutelage of Muriel Rukeyser.
|1965||Awarded B. A. degree from Sarah Lawrence College.|
|1966-67||Received Charles Merrill Writing Fellowship and Bread|
Loaf Writers Conference Scholarship.
|1967||Won first prize in American Scholar Essay Contest for|
"The Civil Rights Movement: What Good Was It?" A-
warded MacDowell Colony Fellowship to begin writing
The Third Life of Grange Copeland. Published first
short story, "To Hell With Dying." Published first
R. Leventhal, a civil rights lawyer, on March 17.
|1967-68||Served as consultant to Black Studies Friends of the|
Children of Mississippi.
|1968||Published Once: Poems.|
|1969||Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grant to com-|
plete The Third Life of Grange Copeland. Daughter,
Rebecca Grant, was born.
|1970||Published The Third Life of Grange Copeland.|
|1970-71||Appointed Writer-In-Residence at Tougaloo College.|
|1971||Awarded Radcliffe Institute Fellowship.|
|1972||Received Doctor of Philosophy degree from Russell|
|1972-73||Served as lecturer in writing and literature at Wel-|
lesley College. Appointed lecturer in literature
at the University of Massachusetts.