The Present You Are Constructing Should Look Like The Future You Are Dreaming

Alice Walker

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Laidlaw Leadership Quote of the Week: Alice Walker - "Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming."
"Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming."

This week, we continue to celebrate Black History Month with inspirational leadership quotes from extraordinary Black figures!

Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American novelist, poet, and feminist. Her works, such as the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Colour Purple, are known to explore the Black woman's life, dealing with issues of racism, sexism, and poverty. 

Set in the early 1900s, The Color Purple follows the life of Celie - an African American woman who suffers abuse from her father and husband. The novel won Walker both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction in 1983. In 1985, it was made into a film, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, and directed by Steven Spielberg. The film was a critical success, receiving 11 Academy Award nominations. 

Walker is also known for recovering the work of the author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, and her activism against female circumcision.

More Leadership Quotes for Black History Month: 

🚀 Dr Mae Jeminson: "Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination."

💡 Shirley Chisholm: "You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas."

🖋️ Audre Lorde: "Your silence will not protect you."

⚡️Andrea Jenkins: "If you can conceive it, and believe it, you can achieve it. But there must be a plan. We have to set goals. Review them constantly. Shift directions when necessary. But, always stay focused."

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