American Masters (2014 Season) – Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Film Interviewees

Air date: 02/07/2014

American Masters Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Premieres nationally Friday, February 7, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Walker’s 70th birthday and Black History Month

Original Film Interviewees (in order of appearance)


Fred Walker, Walker’s brother (now deceased)


Alice Walker


Evelyn C. White, author, Alice Walker: A Life; Walker’s official biographer;


Beverly Guy-Sheftall, scholar, activist; a former college friend at Spelman College


Howard Zinn, historian, playwright, activist; Walker’s first professor at Spelman College and a key influence on her intellectual and political education (now deceased)


Melvyn R. Leventhal, Walker’s former husband; attorney


Sonia Sanchez, poet, activist; one of Walker’s contemporaries


Sapphire, writer; influenced by Walker


Gloria Steinem, writer, feminist organizer, former editor of Ms. magazine; Walker’s lifelong friend

Jewelle Gomez, writer; influenced by Walker


Robert Allen, writer, former editor of The Black Scholar; Walker’s former partner


Jennifer DeVere Brody, professor, The Clayman Institute for Gender Research – Stanford



Quincy Jones, producer, The Color Purple           film (1985)


Steven Spielberg, director, The Color Purple film (1985)


Peter Guber, executive producer, The Color Purple film (1985)


Danny Glover, actor, activist; played the male lead in The Color Purple film (1985)


Arisika Razak, California Institute of Integral Studies; teaches Walker’s writings


Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Black feminist scholar


Jack Kornfield, Buddhist teacher; Walker’s friend


Angela Y. Davis, educator; activist