Walker, Margaret, 1915-1998
"Margaret Walker Alexander, best known for her neo-slave narrative Jubilee and the poem "For My People," was born Maragret Abigail Walker on July 7, 1915, in Birmingham, Alabama...She completed her masterís degree in creative writing at the University of Iowa in 1942, which is when she was also awarded the Yale Award for Young Poets for "For My People." She then became a professor at Jackson State University...she founded the Institute for the Study of the History, Life and Culture of Black People in 1968. She worked as the director of the program for 11 years; later, it would be renamed in her honor."--Mississippi Writers Page WWW site, retrieved March 14, 2008.