Margaret Walker Center

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

Phone: 601-979-3935
Fax: 601-979-5929
mwa@jsums.edu



Resources
JSU Library
Richard Wright Center
2 Mississippi Museums
Directions to Ayer Hall

Margaret Walker Center
Feasibility Study


Margaret Walker Alexander
Black Studies Fund

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2014-2015 Projects and Programs

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2014
Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker
Carolyn Brown booksigning
Lemuria Bookstore
Wednesday, November 5, 5:00 p.m.

 

History Is Lunch
Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker
Carolyn Brown
MDAH William F. Winter Building
Wednesday, November 19, Noon

 

Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker
Carolyn Brown–Reception and booksigning
Margaret Walker Center, Ayer Hall
Jackson State University
Friday, December 5, 5:00 p.m.

 

2015
Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Convocation
Margaret Walker Centennial
Rose E. McCoy Auditorium
Friday, January 16, 10:00 a.m.

 

For My People Awards Luncheon
JSU Student Center Ballroom
Friday, January 16, 11:45 a.m.

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Eudora Welty Library
The Literary and Historical Importance of Margaret Walker’s Life
Robert Luckett
Thursday, January 22, 6:00 pm

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Writing workshop for children including a
dramatic reading/performance of Margaret Walker’s works
Katrina Byrd
Annie T. Jeffers Library—Bolton, Mississippi
Monday, February 9, 4:00 p.m.

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Writing workshop for children including a
dramatic reading/performance of Margaret Walker’s works
Katrina Byrd
Raymond Library—Raymond, Mississippi
Tuesday, February 10, 4:00 p.m.

 

Fannie Lou Hamer Institute@COFO
A Conversation with Ilyasah Shabazz and Reena Evers-Everette
COFO Civil Rights Education Center
Tuesday, February 17, 6:00 p.m.

 

Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration
Margaret Walker Centennial
Natchez, Mississippi
February 19-22

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
On the Shoulders of Giants: How Walker Influenced a Whole Generation
of
African-American Women, Including Fannie Lou Hamer
Jean Chamberlain
Fannie Lou Hamer Library
Thursday, February 26, 3:00 p.m.

 

Eudora Welty and Margaret Walker
Carolyn Brown and Robert Luckett
Eudora Welty House
Thursday, March 5, 6:00 p.m.

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Storytelling workshop for teens using
poems and stories by Margaret Walker
Terrence Roberts
Eudora Welty Library
Tuesday, March 10, 4:15 p.m.

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Such a Bold Leader: The Unusual Young Adult Life of Margaret Walker
Carolyn Brown
Charles W. Tisdale Library
Thursday, March 19, 4:00 p.m.

 

Oxford Conference for the Book
Margaret Walker Centennial
Oxford, Mississippi
March 25-27

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
FOR MY PEOPLE: What the Internationally Famous Poem
Has to Say to Young People Today
C. Liegh McInnis
Medgar Evers Library
Thursday, March 26, 4:00 p.m.

 

This Is My Century: The Life and Legacy of Margaret Walker
9th Annual Creative Arts Festival
Margaret Walker Centennial
JSU Student Center
Nikky Finney Keynote
Carolyn Brown booksigning and discussion
Toni Morrison Bench by the Road
Friday and Saturday, April 10-11

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
RICHARD WRIGHT, DAEMONIC GENIUS:
Margaret Walker’s Experiment with Autobiographical Biography
Jerry Ward
Richard Wright Library
Thursday, April 16, 6:00 p.m.

 

Mississippi Jubilee: From Slavery to Freedom
Symposium on the 150th Anniversary of Emancipation
Mississippi Humanities Council
"Margaret Walker’s Jubilee" Panel Discussion
Friday, April 17

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Storytelling workshop for children using
poems and stories by Margaret Walker
Terrence Roberts
Richard Wright Library
Tuesday, April 21, 4:15 p.m.

 

Black Arts Movement Photography Exhibit
Dr. Doris Derby
Johnson Hall Art Gallery
May 1-Summer

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Who in the World Was Margaret Walker:
Bringing the Legend Alive for 21st Century Youth
Carolyn Brown
Raymond Library—Raymond, Mississippi
Thursday, May 7, 4:00 p.m.

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Writing workshop for children including a
dramatic reading/performance of Margaret Walker’s works
Katrina Byrd
Charles Tisdale Library
Monday, June 1, 10:00 a.m.

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Storytelling workshop for children using
poems and stories by Margaret Walker
Terrence Roberts
Quisenberry Library—Clinton, Mississippi
Saturday, June 6, 1:00 p.m.

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Inquiring Minds Want to Know:
How Much of JUBILEE was Actually True?
Jean Chamberlain
Quisenberry Library—Clinton, Mississippi
Thursday, June 18, 6:00 p.m.

 

Margaret Walker Centennial
Jubilee Picnic
Ayer Hall
Tuesday, July 7, 11:30 a.m.

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Storytelling workshop for children & adults
using works by Margaret Walker
Janice Neal-Vincent
Margaret Walker Alexander Library
Thursday, July 9, 10:00 a.m.

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Up Close and Personal: What I Learned
Writing the Biography of Margaret Walker
Maryemma Graham
Willie Morris Library
Thursday, July 9, 6:00 p.m.

 

Margaret Walker Centennial
Gala Celebration
For My People: A Song Cycle
JSU Student Center Ballrooms
Friday, July 10, 5:00 p.m.

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Storytelling workshop for children & adults
using works by Margaret Walker
Janice Neal-Vincent
Willie Morris Library
Tuesday, July 14, 10:00 a.m.

 

Mississippi Book Festival
Margaret Walker Centennial
Friday and Saturday, August 21-22

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
My Lord! What Women! What Modern Women
Can Learn from the Female Characters in JUBILEE
RaShell Smith-Spears
Beverly Brown Library—Byram, Mississippi
Thursday, August 27, 6:00 p.m.

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
In the light of the Civil Rights' Movement and the Changes
in the Last 50 Years for African-Americans, Is JUBILEE dated?
Doris Ginn
Eudora Welty Library
Thursday, September 24, 6:00 p.m.

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Discussison of Margaret Walker's Poem OCTOBER JOURNEY
C. Liegh McInnis
Beverly Brown Library—Byram, Mississippi
Thursday, October 8, 6:00 p.m.

 

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Charles Tisdale Library
The Thoughts I Will Keep from the Margaret Walker Centennial Celebration
Robert Luckett
Sunday, November 15, 6:00 p.m.

 

Past Projects and Programs

Photography Exhibition
Women: Agents of Change in the American Civil Rights Movement
Johnson Hall Art Gallery
April 11 to August 1

 

8th Annual Creative Arts Festival: The Legacy of Freedom Summer
Student Center, Jackson State University
April 11-12, 2014

Chuck D keynote address
Saturday, April 12, 10:45 a.m.
JSU Student Center Theater

 

Muslim Journeys: Bridging Cultures
National Endowment for the Humanities/Mississippi Humanities Council
The Butterfly Mosque, G. Willow WIlson
Ayer Hall, Jackson State University
Discussion, 6 p.m., March 6, 2014

 

Muslim Journeys: Bridging Cultures
National Endowment for the Humanities/Mississippi Humanities Council
A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, Leila Ahmed
Ayer Hall, Jackson State University
Discussion, 6 p.m., February 13, 2014

 

Poetry Out Loud
Central Region of Mississippi Contest
Student Center Ballroom A, Jackson State University
Noon, February 5, 2014

 

45th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Convocation
Rose E. McCoy Auditorium, Jackson State University
10 a.m., January 17, 2014

 

19th Annual For My People Awards Luncheon
Student Center Ballroom A, Jackson State University
11:45 a.m., January 17, 2014

 

Building a Special Relationship
Jewish Activists & the Scottsboro Case
Dr. Stuart Rockoff
Executive Director, Mississippi Humanities Council
Johnson Hall Art Gallery, Jackson State University
6 p.m., December 5, 2013

 

The Scottsboro Community: Facing the Past
Lecia Brooks and Jed Oppenheim, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
Johnson Hall Art Gallery, Jackson State University
6 p.m., November 19, 2013

 

Muslim Journeys: Bridging Cultures
National Endowment for the Humanities/Mississippi Humanities Council
The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States
Ayer Hall, Jackson State University
Discussion, 6 p.m., November 14, 2013

 

Unveiling of the Scottsboro Boys: The Fred Hiroshige Photographs
Johnson Hall Art Gallery, Jackson State University
6 p.m., November 11, 2013

 

Outside the Protective Circle of Humanity
Scottsboro Boys: The Fred Hiroshige Photographs
Johnson Hall Art Gallery, Jackson State University
November 11-December 13, 2013

 

Muslim Journeys: Bridging Cultures
National Endowment for the Humanities/Mississippi Humanities Council
Acts of Faith, Eboo Patel
Ayer Hall, Jackson State University
Discussion, 6 p.m., October 10, 2013

 

Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant
Feasibility Study for the Future of the
Margaret Walker Center

Thru October 2013

 

Muslim Journeys: Bridging Cultures
National Endowment for the Humanities/Mississippi Humanities Council
Prince Among Slaves, Terry Alford
Ayer Hall, Jackson State University

Open House, 4 p.m.
Discussion, 6 p.m.
September 12, 2013

 

Association of African American Museums
Annual Meeting, Harvey Gantt Center
Charlotte, North Carolina
August 7-10

 

Margaret Walker Alexander's 98th Birthday Picnic
Ayer Hall, Jackson State University
Noon, July 12, 2013

 

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
Digitization of the Margaret Walker Archives
Thru June 2013

 

 

Remembrance of the 50th Anniversary of the
Assassination of Medgar Evers
June 10-16, 2013

 

Book Reading and Signing
Frank X. Walker, Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers
Minrose Gwin, Remembering Medgar Evers
Ayer Hall, Jackson State University

5 p.m., June 13, 2013

 

50th Anniversary of the Woolworth's Sit-in
Civil Rights Trail Marker Unveiling
Jackson, Mississippi
May 28, 2013

 

7th Annual Creative Arts Festival
The Legacy of Medgar Evers
Jackson State University
April 12-13, 2013

 

Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Awards Luncheon
April 19, 2013

 

14th Annual Dr. Walter M. Hurns Memorial Banquet
Department of History and Philosophy
Jackson State University
March 21, 2013

 

United States of ALEC Documentary
JSU Student Center Theater
March 5, 2013

 

Kiese Laymon: Forum and Master Class
Jackson State University/Millsaps College
February 19-20, 2013

 

Poetry Out Loud
Central Region of Mississippi Contest
Noon, Student Center Ballroom
Jackson State University
January 30, 2013

 

Martin Luther King Birthday Convocation
10 a.m., Rose McCoy Auditorium
Jackson State University
January 18, 2013

 

For My People Awards
11:45 a.m., Student Center Ballroom
Jackson State University

 

Welcome Reception for Dr. Lawrence T. Potter
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Jackson State University
December 7, 2012

 

Robert Clark Symposium
The Roadmap to the Future for African Americans
Jackson State University
November 8, 2012

 

Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute
29th Annual Memorial Symposium
Jackson State University
October 3-4, 2012

 

For My People Voter Registration Drive
Aug 20-Oct 5, 2012

 

Assoc. for Study of African American Life & History
Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh
Sept. 26-30, 2012

 

U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey
September 20, 2012

 

The Emancipation Proclamation:
Lincoln, Grant, and Mississippi
September 11, 2012

 

Association of African American Museums
Annual Meeting, Baltimore
August 22-25, 2012

 

For My People: The Margaret Walker Song Cycle
Celebration of Margaret Walker's 97th Birthday!
July 7, 2012

 

Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Awards Luncheon
April 20, 2012

 

Unveiling of JSU Gibbs-Green Freedom Trail Marker
April 19, 2012

 

Immigration Forum at Koinonia Coffee House
April 17, 2012

 

6th Annual Creative Arts Festival
The 50th Anniversary of the Meredith Crisis
April 13-14, 2012

 

Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers
Presidential Inauguration
Jackson State University
March 28-30, 2012

 

Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement
Annual Conference
March 21-25, 2012

 

Unveiling of the Frankye Adams Johnson
Black Panther Party Collection
March 23, 2012

 

IMLS Planning Grant
Community Meeting
February 28, 2012

 

Medgar Evers/Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series
The Smith/Lindsey Campaign of 1962
February 23, 2012

 

Separate, But Equal
Film Showing and Discussion with
Writer, Director, Producer Shawn Wilson
February 21, 2012

 

Jackson State University
Campus Reading Community
Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi
February 21, 2012

 

2012 Tupac Conference
Jackson State University
February 16, 2012

 

Poetry Out Loud
Central Region of Mississippi Competition
February 8, 2012

 

43rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Birthday Convocation
January 13, 2012

 

17th Annual For My People Awards Luncheon
January 13, 2012

 

Unveiling of William Lamson Manuscript Collection
November 22, 2011

 

Robert Clark Symposium
Election Day Implications and Analysis
November 9, 2011

 

Catfish Alley by Lynne Bryant
A Community Conversation
November 4, 2011

 

Ayer Hall Open House
Unveiling of Breach of Peace:
Portraits of the 1961 Freedom Riders
and Rabbi Philip Posner Manuscript Collection
September 13, 2011

 

Dr. Margaret Walker's 96th Birthday
An Evening with Zac Harmon
July 7, 2011

 

Ford Foundation Grant
Digitization of the Margaret Walker Archives
Thru April 2011

 

5th Annual Creative Arts Festival:
The 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides
Featuring Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez
April 8-9, 2011

 

Mississippi Department of Archives and History
History Is Lunch: Dr. Robert Luckett
Margaret Walker and Black Studies
April 6, 2011

 

Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement
6th Annual Conference
March 24-26, 2011

 

Medgar Evers/Ella Baker Lecture Series
African-American Women In the Civil Rights Movement:
Victoria Adams, Annie Devine, Fannie Lou Hamer
March 23, 2011

 

National Council of Black Studies Conference
March 17-19, 2011

 

Governor's Arts Awards
February 24, 2011

 

Mississippi Philological Association Conference
February 18-19, 2011

 

Second Tuesday Lecture Series
Facing the Threat of Consolidated HBCUs
February 8, 2011

 

Poetry Out Loud
February 2, 2011

 

42nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation
January 18, 2011

 

For My People Awards Luncheon
January 14, 2011

 

Second Tuesday Lecture Series
Sunday Morning Segregation
November 9, 2010

 

Second Tuesday Lecture Series
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Discussion with Brad "Kamikaze" Franklin
October 12, 2010

 

Open House
Unveiling of the Levi Rowan Photograph Collection
September 8, 2010

 

Dr. Margaret Walker’s Birthday
July 7, 2010

 

Dr. Robert Smith, Sr.
Celebrating a Living Legend
"Health Care Is a Human Right"
May 29, 2010

 

Hamer Humanitarian Awards
April 16, 2010

 

Medgar Evers/Ella Baker Lecture Series
April 13, 2010

 

2nd Tuesday Lecture Series:
Remembering Margaret
Daughters of Margaret
April 13, 2010

 

4th Annual Creative Arts Festival
The Sit-in Movement and Student Activism
Fifty Years Later
April 7-8, 2010

 

Robert Clark Symposium and Luncheon
April 8, 2010

 

Dr. Haki Madhubuti
"In My Lifetime: A Poet's Reflection on
Barack Obama, Young People and the Power of Art"
April 8, 2010

 

Dr. Jerry Ward
"African-American Life Histories"
April 7, 2010

 

4th Annual Creative Arts Festival
Book Signing and Reception
April 7, 2010

 

Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement
5th Annual Conference
March 25-27, 2010

 

Black History Month
February 2010

 

Black History Month Friday Film Series
February 2010

 

Martin Luther King Convocation and
For My People Awards, featuring
Ambassador Andrew Young
February 25, 2010

 

Flonzie Brown Wright lecture
February 24, 2010

 

Piney Woods lecture: Angela Stewart
February 23, 2010

 

2nd Tuesday Lecture Series:
Remembering Margaret
Rev. Isaiah Madison: The Ayers Case
February 9, 2010

 

Poetry Out Loud
February 3, 2010