African-American poet and author best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Color Purple."
She began writing at age eight and completed her first book of poetry while she was a student at Sarah Lawrence College.
She met Martin Luther King, Jr. in the early 1960s and worked as a Civil Rights activist.
She and Melvyn Roseman Leventhal, a Jewish lawyer, became the first interracial couple to legally marry in the state of Mississippi.
She was inspired by Civil Rights activist, Rosa Parks.
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