WELLESLEY, Mass. --Wellesley College will offer the opportunity
to learn about a variety of issues when Rebecca Walker presents
a lecture, "A Reflection on Cross-Cultural Connections,"
Tuesday, April 15, at 5 pm in Alumnae Hall. Walker represents
many experiences, according to the event sponsor, the Multicultural
Council, as a woman who is gay, black, white, Jewish, privileged,
underprivileged and yet "at one with her identity."
Walker was born in 1969 in Jackson, Miss., and grew up
in San Francisco and New York City. The daughter of renowned
author and former Wellesley College professor Alice Walker,
she graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1992 and
founded the Third Wave Direct Action Corp., a national nonprofit
organization that builds leadership and activism in young
Walker also is a writer and a contributing editor to Ms.
magazine. Her writings discuss women's issues including
reproductive freedom, domestic violence and sexuality. Walker's
first book, To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing
the Face of Feminism, examines young women's battles
with reclaiming and redefining feminism. Her memoir,
Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of A Shifting Self,
tells her story of growing up biracial in a racially divided
As an entrepreneur who recognizes the importance of social
responsibility, Walker and partner Angel Williams opened
Kokobar, a cyberlounge/espresso bar/bookstore in Brooklyn
to provide Internet services and education to urban multicultural
Walker has facilitated television forums on inner-city
teen violence, pregnancy and drug abuse. She also has produced
programming on youth activism among homeless teens and youth
response to nuclear weapons.
Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in
liberal arts and the education of women for more than 125
years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home
to 2,300 undergraduate students.
For more information, call 781-283-4161.