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Alice Walker will speak in Wilmington

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The author of The Color Purple is coming to Wilmington.

The co-chair of the Civil and Human Rights Award Luncheon, Stanley Moses, says the Pulitzer Prize winners visit stems from a controversy in our area over one of her books.

"She had heard about a person in Brunswick County that wanted to ban her book The Color Purple," Moses said. "She had followed that and was very interested in that."

The luncheon will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Countywide Community Development Corporation tried to find speakers that have national notoriety.

"Getting people on board seems to be a little toll, a little challenge, I guess you'd say," Moses said.

Event organizers even tried to reach out to speakers like Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Carter and Colin Powell. Because there is also an event commemorating that day in Washington, DC, they were unavailable. Organizers say Walker and a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Dr. Cordy Tindell Vivian, are more than happy to speak at this event. Moses says he really just hopes they are able to bring the community together to remember.

"It is a collaboration among the various counties and the various people to pull together a project to help the younger people," he said. "It is to understand where we came from, what we have achieved and what we're looking forward to doing.”

Afterward the luncheon Walker will meet with teachers to show them her own teaching techniques. The event is at noon on July 2 at the Wilmington Convention Center.


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