Spelman College, long known for its history as a cultural center for Black arts in America, recently hosted author Alice Walker at the Women’s Research and Resource Center.
The center, founded in 1981, focuses on women and children in social resistance movements throughout the African diaspora.
During her lecture, Walker offered solid advice for aspiring community activists:
You can only follow your own intuition and your own heart. There is plenty of work for everyone, but it starts within the self. If you just listen to what it is you have to give, what you believe in and what you love, the direction will come from you…
Walker also cited the following works as an essential reading list for young community members. Perhaps we can incorporate one or more in the Broad Street Book Nerds reading list in the coming months?
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and Cornell West
AIDS, Opium, Diamonds and Empire by Nancy Turner Banks
I wish everyone a happy and healthy weekend (albeit chilly) as we venture into a new season!