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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)
Dr. Tonea Stewart (Montgomery, Alabama)

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for the Margaret Walker Center is a voluntary 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 Mrs. Willie Jones
Dr. Maryemma Graham, Vice-Chair Mrs. Mildred Kelley
Dr. Jennifer Young Wallace, Secretary Mr. C. Liegh McInnis
Mr. Milton Chambliss, Treasurer Dr. Patricia Murrain
Sen. Hillman Frazier, Parliamentarian Dr. Brandi Newkirk-Turner
Rev. Barron Banks Dr. Theresia Ratliff
Ms. Natalie Collier Ms. Evelyn Reed
Dr. Ella Jean Davis Dr. Savina Schoenhofer
Mrs. Joyce Dorsey Ms. Nettie Stowers
Rev. D.L. Govan Mr. Reginald Thompson
Dr. Lucille Green Mrs. Marcia Weaver
Mr. Riley Jones, IV Dr. Glenda Windfield

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
Mrs. Dorothy Stewart Samuel
Mrs. Helen Govan
Rev. Dr. Richard T. Middleton, III

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Jackson State University
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P.O. Box 17008
Jackson, MS 39217

Phone: 601-979-3935

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