American Masters

Alice Walker: What's in a Name

Clip: 02/07/2014 | 55s

Alice Walker's great-great-great-great-grandmother was a slave who journeyed on foot with two babies on her hips, from Virginia to Eatonton, Georgia, which is considered Walker's ancestral home. In memory of that walk, Walker chose to keep and embrace her maiden name, Walker.

Aired: 02/07/14

Rating: TV-14

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