Growing up, “The Color Purple” was more than just a movie playing on the television in my family’s living room — it was a window into the future challenges of racism and sexism I’d face as a Black woman. 

Watching the 1985 classic for the first time, I was too young to fully grasp the depth of its message. But now, along with my personal experiences, I report on depression, domestic violence, and maternal mortality — issues that impact Black women. So when Sophia, portrayed by Oprah Winfrey, famously declares, “All my life I had to fight,” I understand all too well the relentless battle against systemic injustices that the film — and the book — represents. 

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