2021 CASE Festival

The Margaret Walker Center is pleased to announce the schedule of events for the 15th Annual Creative Arts & Scholarly Engagement (CASE) Festival, featuring writer and scholar Kiese Laymon, scheduled to be held virtually on Friday and Saturday, April 9 & 10, 2021. All plenary events will be livestreamed on the Margaret Walker Center Facebook page, but, if you […]

May 1970 — Doris Derby Documentary Photography

IN MAY 1970, Jackson State students had staged a series of protests over their treatment at the hands of white motorists speeding through campus on John R. Lynch Street. Those white drivers were notorious for shouting racial epithets, throwing things from their cars, accelerating towards students crossing the street, and hitting at least one student. […]

2021 CASE Festival Call for Papers

The Margaret Walker Center invites proposals for papers, presentations, and panels for the 15th Annual Creative Arts & Scholarly Engagement (CASE) Festival, scheduled to be held virtually on Friday and Saturday, April 9 & 10, 2021. Proposals must be submitted by Saturday, March 6. Taking a cue from Kiese Laymon, the theme for the 2021 CASE is “Bearing/Baring the Weight/Wait: The Struggle for Self-Actualization & Change in Mississippi.” However, the […]

Margaret Walker’s Jubilee: Welty Book Club

The second Welty at Home Virtual Book Club pick is Margaret Walker's historical novel Jubilee. Published in 1966, Jubilee is the semi-fictional account of Vyry, a biracial slave—the unacknowledged daughter of her master—who is born on the Dutton plantation in Georgia. The novel spans the time before, during, and after the American Civil War and […]

Black Perspectives on Slavery: A Reading List

25 Black authors and scholars writing on American slavery, including true slave narratives and oral histories as well as fictional accounts that debunk the myths of the middle passage and shed light on the horrors of chattel slavery in the United States.     Oral Histories Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon: […]