Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Alice Walker was born today in 1944. Well-known for her books, including The Color Purple, Walker also championed a rediscovery of the works of Harlem Renaissance writer, Zora Neale Hurston.

“And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see - or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read. “