Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker (1944 - ) reads her short story "Roselily" (written ca. 1967). Walker then talks with KPFA's Ginny Z. Berson about the story, how she wrote it about her first marriage to a civil rights attorney and how it questions the dominance of Christianity over all religions in the US. The story was dropped from a 10th grade English test by California state educators based on complaints from Christian conservatives in early 1994. The Traditional Values Coalition applied pressure based on what they read as "anti-religious" elements in the story.
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