The acclaimed author says that the Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper sees the truth in her words.
In Lamar’s critically acclaimed album To Pimp A Butterfly, he included a line from her novel The Color Purple. The quote, which is featured on the single “Alright,” is: “Alls my life I had to fight.”
The Color Purple was published in 1982 and would win the Pulitzer prize in literature and spawn an Oscar-nominated film. The 1985 film starred Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and Margret Avery.
Walker didn’t seem like she was too familiar with Lamar’s work. But she applauded his understanding of her words. Walker said:
I’m happy for him. I think he’s understanding that this is the truth of it. Especially for poor people and people of color in this country. We’ve had to fight all of our lives. And it’s a good thing that we can talk to each other across generations.
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