The novel dealt with activist workers in the South during the civil rights movement, and closely paralleled some of Walker's own experiences InWalker would publish what has become her best-known work, the novel The Color Purple. There, she studied poetry with Muriel Rukeyser —who would help her get her first collection of poems, "Once," published in Walker graduated from high school in She decided to attend Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was able to secure a scholarship awarded by the Georgia Department of Rehabilitation to physically challenged students in combination with an academic scholarship.
Womanism as a movement came into fruition in at the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature to address Black women's concerns from their own intellectual, physical, and spiritual perspectives. Many of her novels depict women in other periods of history than our own.
In addition to her collected short stories and poetry, Walker's first work of fiction, The Third Life Of Grange Copelandwas published in Inspired by the terrorist attacks of September 11,however, she began writing poems.