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  <h1 class="text-center">MARGARET WALKER</h1>
  <h2 class="text-center" style="color: blue;"><em>"The most famous person nobody knows"</em></h2>
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  <p>Margaret Walker was born on the 7th of July, 1915 in Birmingha, Alabama to Reverend Sigismund C. Walker and Marion Dozier Walker. Her father was a minister,professor, and linguist who loved literature and her mother a musicologist and professor. Her
    parents instilled in her a love for scholarship, music and church and this resonated in her life and literary works. Young Margaret grew up in a close knit family where religion, education, racial pride, music and literature where greatly emphasized
    by her parents.She acquired a zest for literature and aesthetic knowledge at a very young age which paralleled her father's. Her mother instilled in her a love of all forms of music from classical works to those traditional melodies that permeats
    African American culture. By the time she was an adolescent, she was practically writing daily. Her parents encouraged her and she got her first journal from her father. With all the love and encouragement surrounding her, she began at age 13 to nurture
    a talent she soon mastered.</p>
  <p>During her second year in college, Walker had the opportunity to meet renowned poet Langston Hughes. Hughes advised Walker's parents to have their daughter educated in the North and encouraged Walker to keep writing and refining her style. She was also
    influenced by W. E. Du Bois, Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Wright(who became her friend) amongst others. She married James Alexander and they had four kids. She relocated to Jackson Mississippi, where she lectured in Jackson State University until her
    retirement in 1979. She was a perfectionist, so despite her many written works, she ended up publishing only a novel and five volumes of poetry. After suffering for a while from breast cancer,Walker died on the 30th of November, 1998 at the age of
    <li style="font-weight: bold"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>By her 16th birthday, she was already done with high school and halfway through college.</li>
    <li style="font-weight: bold"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>She received her bachelor of Arts in English in 1935 from North-Western University in Evanston, Illinois.</li>
    <li style="font-weight: bold"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>She made her first publication in May 1934 edition of "The Crisis", a magazine of the NAACP(national Association for the Advancement of Coloured People).</li>
    <li style="font-weight: bold"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>Became a published author at age 19.</li>
    <li style="font-weight: bold"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>In 1936, Walker worked for the Federal Writer's Project under the Works Progress Administration(WPA) thus giving her an avenue to mingle with great writers of the era like:Gwendolyn Brooks, Ricahrd Wright e.
      t. c.</li>
    <li style="font-weight: bold"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>In 1940, she earned her Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and returned to bag her PHD in 1965</li>
    <li style="font-weight: bold"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>In 1968, she created and directed the "Institute for the Study of the History, Life and Culture of Black People" which is now known as "Margaret Walker Center".</li>
    <li style="font-weight: bold"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>Walker was the first writer to turn slave narrative into fiction through her revoluntionary work,Jubilee (1966). However Alex Haley took credit for what she did
      <li style="font-weight: bold"><span style="font-weight:normal"></span>She is the one who began the Phyllis Wheatley(the first African American woman writer) Poetry Festival.</li>
  <p>Although Margaret Walker was a literay giant in her time, unlike her contemporaries, most of her texts were not really reviewed due to several reasons, one of which was; her location in the South. Most of her contemporaries migrated to the North in
    search of big publishing houses in order to not only publish their works but also to be visible to critics in the literary circle. Walker however in her characteristic way did not feel the need to migrate to be heard. Rather she writes in her book
    On Being Female, Black and Free that:
    <ul><strong>Always I am determined to overcome adversity, determined to win, dertemined to be me, myself at my best, always female, always black, andeverlastingly free...Nobody can tell me what to write because nobody owns me and nobody can pull my strings. I have not been writing to make money or earn my living...Writing is my life, but it is an avocation nobody can buy. In this respect, I believe I am a free agent, stupid perhaps, but me and still free</strong>(Walker,
      On Being, 8)</ul>
    <p>According to Doaa Abdelhafez Hamada,
      <ul><strong>these strong, assertive and defiant sentences...indicate how the desire to be herself was her essential asset</strong>(Hamada, <a href=""
  This is Her Century, 1).</a>
      Also Walker's sporadic appearance in the literary scene due to family ties and her commitment to Academia did not serve to help her at all. Nikki Giovanni(an African American poet) also lamented on the fact that although Walker
      <ul><strong>singlehandedly turned poetry upside down with her declaration of love and her challenge to the future of her people," she remained outside the canon of African American literature</strong>(Hamada,2)</ul>
      <p>That is why Giovanni is quoted as referring to Walker as
        <ul><strong>the most famous person nobody knows</strong> (Graham Fields,xi, Hamada).</ul>


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