“Sister Act,” a delightful and informative program on Margaret Walker and Eudora Welty, was presented by Dr. Carolyn Brown March 18 at the Welty Education and Visitors Center. Brown’s carefully researched talk, complete with illustrations, may be downloaded here.
The achievements of these two remarkable authors, who were contemporary Jacksonians, were highlighted, along with the parallels and differences in their lives, careers, and works. The discussion was followed by a reception.
Brown is the author of the first published biography of Walker, Song of My Life, as well as A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty. Both books were published by University Press of Mississippi.
Brown is a writer, editor, and independent scholar who has taught at Elon University, the University of North Carolina, and Millsaps College.
Dr. Robert Luckett, director of the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University, introduced Brown. The centennial of Walker’s birth is being celebrated this year in a series of programs and special events.
The Center is an archive and museum dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of African-American history and culture founded in 1968 by Walker, who was a JSU English professor in addition to an award-winning novelist and poet. Her most widely acknowledged works are the novel Jubilee and the poem “For My People.” For more information visit www.jsums.edu/margaretwalker center.