Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rebecca Walker is a QueerSpawn

Rebecca Walker was born in 1969 in Jackson, Mississippi, to an interracial "movement" couple who married in defiance of Mississippi's anti-miscegenation laws. (Anti-miscegenation laws made it illegal for people of different races to get married.) Her famous book, Black White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, is her own story of struggling to understand her mixed identity. In addition to writing, she is the co-founder of Third Wave Foundation, a national philanthropic organization for women aged 15-30 devoted to cultivating young women's leadership and activism. Rebecca is considered one of the most audible voices of the young women's movement, and was named by Time magazine as one of the fifty future leaders of America. Rebecca identifies as bisexual and is estranged from her lesbian mother, Alice Walker, a well-known author, most famous from her book, The Color Purple. In December 2004, Walker gave birth to a son, Tenzin, whose arrival is the subject of her new memoir, Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood after a Lifetime of Ambivalence. Walker currently lives with Tenzin and his father Glen in Hawaii. Her official Web site is http://www.rebeccawalker.com

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