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Friday, February 07, 2014
HARD TIMES (AND ALICE WALKER’S BIRTHDAY) REQUIRE FURIOUS DANCING
 

This Sunday, February 9th, we encourage you to take a few moments to dance in celebration of New World Library author Alice Walker’s 70th birthday.  

Alice is known throughout the world not only as a great writer but also as an activist and a woman who shares the inner turmoil and outer struggles of her life to prove that transformation is possible. By baring her heart and soul, and speaking out about the world as she sees it, she has become a catalyst for positive change.

But even when change remains elusive, we can still dance. As she writes in the preface of Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, her recent book of poetry: “Hard times require furious dancing. Each of us is the proof . . . though we have encountered our share of grief and troubles on this earth, we can still hold the line of beauty, form, and beat. No small accomplishment in a world as challenging as this one.”

Please enjoy — and take to heart — this poem from the book.

Calling All Grand Mothers

We have to live
differently
 
or we
will die
in the same
 
old ways.
 
Therefore
I call on all Grand Mothers
everywhere
on the planet
to rise
and take your place
in the leadership
of the world
 
Come out
of the kitchen
out of the
fields
out of the
beauty parlors
out of the
television
 
Step forward
& assume
the role
for which
you were
created:
To lead humanity
to health, happiness
& sanity.
 
I call on
all the
Grand Mothers
of Earth
& every person
who possesses
the Grand Mother
spirit
of respect for
life
&
protection of
the young
to rise
& lead.

The life of
our species
depends
on it.
 
& I call on all men
of Earth
to gracefully
and
gratefully
 
stand aside
& let them
(let us)
do so.

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Alice Walker is known throughout the world as a prize-winning fiction writer, an activist for the rights of all humans, an essayist, and as a woman who will speak her mind no matter what the cost. Much beloved and renowned for the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award winning novel The Color Purple, Walker has since written several books of poetry as well as books of essays and fiction.

Excerpted from the book Hard Times Require Furious Dancing. Copyright © 2010 by Alice Walker



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