Setting the Record Straight

Margaret Walker’s Jubilee


One of the twentieth-century writers who followed in the steps of her African American literary foremothers, taking into account not only the content and direction of her artistic project but also the course of her life, was Margaret Walker: poet, novelist, essayist, political activist, and lecturer. In her introduction to Walker’s How I Wrote Jubilee and Other Essays on Life and Literature, Maryemma Graham remarks that Walker’s concerns as a writer share a common ground to those of Ann Plato, Anna Julia Cooper, and Frances Harper.1 Like them, Graham states, “Walker pursues her own sense of individual identity while at the same time committing herself to the stream of collective history.”2 Harper, Graham goes on to say, “appears to be Walker’s closest literary ancestor in her preoccupation with social issues while at the same time maintaining her reputation as a leading poet of her day.”3


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