Margaret Walker Center


Margaret Walker Center
College of Liberal Arts
Jackson State University
Ayer Hall
1400 J.R. Lynch Street
P.O. Box 17008
Jackson, MS 39217

Phone: 601-979-3935
Fax: 601-979-5929

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Margaret Walker Center Membership

Consider a gift to the Margaret Walker Alexander Black Studies Fund and support all of the work of the Margaret Walker Center, from our archival collections and exhibits to our public programming. Membership in the Margaret Walker Center is open to all persons who are interested in the purpose of the Center and in African-American history and culture.


Student ($5) or Regular ($25)

Contributing Member ($50)

Associate Member ($100) 

Institutional Member ($150)

Friends of the Center ($200)

Sustaining Member ($500)

Honorary Fellow ($1000)

Corporate Sponsor ($2000)


National Council

The National Council of the Margaret Walker Center for the Study of the African-American Experience is constituted for the substantial development and promotion of the Margaret Walker Center.  This Council shall be comprised of persons with influence on the national and international levels, who were impacted personally, artistically, and/or professionally by Margaret Walker and her works.  Members shall commit themselves to heighten the prominence of Margaret Walker, promote the mission of the Walker Center, and develop the Center’s permanent endowment.

Mr. Chaucer Barnes (New York, New York)
Dr. William Ferris (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
Dr. Maryemma Graham (Lawrence, Kansas)
Dr. Alferdteen Harrison (Jackson, Mississippi)
Mr. Randall Pinkson (New York, New York)
Dr. Walter Reed (Jackson, Mississippi)
The Honorable Leah Ward Sears (Atlanta, Georgia)
Dr. Tonea Stewart (Montgomery, Alabama)
The Honorable William Winter (Jackson, Mississippi)

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for the Margaret Walker Center is a voluntary, 28-member group that provides guidance for the development of the Center and advice to the Center Director and the University administration on ways to enhance the Center.

Dr. Robert Smith, Chair Mr. Thomas Hudson
Mrs. Marcia Weaver, Vice-Chair Mrs. Willie Jones
Dr. Jennifer Young-Wallace, Secretary Mrs. Mildred Kelley
Mr. Milton Chambliss, Treasurer Mr. Gustavus McCoy
Sen. Hillman Frazier, Parliamentarian Mr. C. Liegh McInnis
Rev. Barron Banks Dr. Richard Middleton
Dr. Daphne Chamberlain Dr. Patricia Murrain
Ms. Natalie Collier Dr. Theresia Ratliff
Dr. Ella Jean Davis Ms. Evelyn Reed
Mrs. Joyce Dorsey Dr. Savina Shoenhofer
Mrs. Helen Govan Ms. Nettie Stowers
Rev. D.L. Govan Mr. Eric Stringfellow
Dr. Maryemma Graham Mr. Reginald Thompson
Dr. Lucille Green Dr. Glenda Windfield
The Honorable Malcolm Harrison


Emeriti Advisory Board Members
Mr. Paul Campbell
Senator Alice Harden
Dr. Lelia Rhodes
Mrs. Rosia Wade Crisler
Mrs. Alice Lewis
Mr. Claude McInnis
Mr. Clarence Hunter