Alice Walker's _The Color Purple_ is pretty amazing, as is the woman herself. I didn't know this, but apparently she was in the first multiraical marriage in Mississippi. She also coined the term womanist which, as a movement, has had profound effects on individual lives and the naming and reclaiming the experience of women of color.
But I'm going to let her speak for herself.
How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names.
It's so clear that you have to cherish everyone. I think that's what I get from these older black women, that every soul is to be cherished, that every flower is to bloom.
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.
The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout.
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.
I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.