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Brown_MWA-interiorAt noon on Wednesday, November 19, as part of the History Is Lunch Series, Carolyn J. Brown will talk about her new book, Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker, from University Press of Mississippi. Book sales and signing will follow.

In Song of My Life Brown tells Margaret Walker's story—one that many can relate to, as she overcame familiar obstacles related to race, gender, and poverty. The book includes many photographs and images of primary documents from Walker's life. Walker was born in 1915 in Birmingham, Alabama, to parents who prized education above all else. Obtaining that education was not easy for either her parents or herself, but Walker went on to earn both her master's and doctorate from the University of Iowa.

Walker's journey to become a nationally known writer and educator is an incredible story of hard work and perseverance. Her years as a public figure connected her to Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Alex Haley, and a host of other important literary and historical figures. Nikki Giovanni, renowned poet, educator, activist, and close friend of Margaret Walker’s, has described Walker as “the most famous person nobody knows"—a shocking statement considering Walker's many accomplishments and body of work.

This event will take place at the Old Capitol Museum.

This is the last History Is Lunch program of the 2014 season. Programs resume mid-January. For more information contact the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

 

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