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Author, activist Rebecca Walker reads April 4

Time magazine named her one of the 50 influential American leaders under 40. Shes co-founder of Third Wave Foundation, the only national activist philanthropic organization serving women ages 15-30. Shes also won the National Organization for Womens Intrepid Award and the Women Who Could Be President Award from the League of Women Voters.

Author and activist Rebecca Walker will read from her memoir, Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, at 8 p.m., Monday, April 4, in the Trahern Theatre, Austin Peay State University.
Time magazine named her one of the 50 influential American leaders under 40. She's co-founder of Third Wave Foundation, the only national activist philanthropic organization serving women ages 15-30. She's also won the National Organization for Women's Intrepid Award and the Women Who Could Be President Award from the League of Women Voters.

Author and activist Rebecca Walker will read from her memoir, “Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self,” at 8 p.m., Monday, April 4, in the Trahern Theatre, Austin Peay State University.

The daughter of African-American author Alice Walker and Jewish lawyer Mel Leventhal, Walker's memoir examines her life as a child, teen and young woman confronted with the racial prejudices of friends, teachers and family. The San Francisco Chronicle says, “Her book is an attempt to not only come to grips with her own identity, but to expose the pain and turmoil that come with shifting back and forth … It is a stunningly honest account, almost painfully self-revelatory.”

In addition, Walker has edited two groundbreaking anthologies: “To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism” (1995) and “What Makes A Man: 22 Writers Imagine the Future” (2004).

Walker's reading, which is sponsored by the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow. Copies of her books will be available at the signing.

She also will lecture at 2:20 p.m., Monday, April 4, in Room 117, Harned Hall, APSU.

For more information, telephone the Center at (931) 221-7876.
—Rebecca Mackey