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~Writer Rebecca Walker Will Speak at Wellesley College April 15~

For immediate release:
April 10, 2003

CONTACT:
Arlie Corday,
781-283-3321


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 women.

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 world.

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 environments.

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.

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