In the Color Purple Walker discusses the black women’s root-seeking travel to Africa which then includes the interpretation of Afracentrism of womanism. Once Afro-Americans entered the United States, they lost their identity. When they stepped foot in the new land they had no friends, no relatives, and no culture. Therefore, womanists support Afracentrism which denotes the review of Afro-American history and culture, mainly slavery culture and regression to African culture and tradition. In letter fifty-five, Nettie’s journey to African indicates her search of the lost black identity and culture.
“The little I knew about my own self wouldn’t have filled a thimble!” illustrates Nettie’s view of her losing her black cultural identity. When she didn’t even know that her brothers and sisters were sold from Africa in trade for money she stated that she was ever so “ignorant” and that she had to learn everything to make herself useful. Through description of Nettie’s root-seeking travel, Walker urges Afro-Americans to promote African culture.
In this way Walker hopes to provoke the national consciousness of the blacks, carry forward the famous tradition of Black Nationalism. In letter fifty-seven Nettie expresses her views of the materials made from the black people and that “it is hard to imagine that the people who made them don’t still exist.” Walker illustrated this through Nettie’s letters as she wanted to discard the black people’s ancestors’ ignorance and prejudice, and finally strengthen the national pride and unity of the black people.
Through description of kindness and beauty of women and redemption of men Walker provides the readers with an ideal living pattern for the human beings which show humanism consciousness of womanism. When Celie and Albert were sewing together in letter eighty-seven Walker advocates the spirit of tolerance where both men and women finally reconcile and accept each other.
This shows the theme of liberation and shows that tolerance is a noble human quality and a performance of humanism. Furthermore, this illustrates Walker’s ideal living pattern and her desire to build a harmonious world filled with understanding and love, which is shown in the relationship of Albert and Celie.
The Purple Color is a successful literary practice of Walker’s womanism and also is a development of feminism in regard to black feminism. Through supporting of anti-racism, anti-sexism, Afracentrism and Humanism, Walker conclusively sets up an ideal harmonious living pattern by celebrating a unity of men and women in spite of their colour and race. A harmonious relationship between men and women, human beings and society, human beings and nature is the recreation of womanism and also is its true implication.