Monday, February 09, 2015
“The Most Famous Person Nobody Knows”: Celebrating the Life of an African American Novelist and Poet
In term of her literary career, she was part of the South Side Writer’s Group whose members include Richard Wright, Arna Bontemps, Fenton Johnson, Theodore Ward, and Frank Marshall Davis. Margaret wrote Richard Wright, Daemonic Genius in which she details their friendship and literary collaborations. Her most famous novel, Jubilee (1966), tells the story of Vyry, the daughter of a white plantation owner and his slave mistress during the antebellum era, the Civil War, and Reconstruction and is based on the life of her great grandmother. Although an accomplished writer, Margaret Walker is best known for her poetry, with her most famous poem being For My People from the volume of the same name. You can find out more about Margaret Walker by reading the first biography of this remarkable woman entitled Song of My Life published in 2014.
Laura M. Gentry
Southern History Department