When Margaret Walker founded the Institute for the Study of the History, Life, and Culture of Black People in 1968, she stood at the forefront of a nascent Black studies movement. At the time, she had served on the faculty at Jackson State College since 1949. In both a racist and a sexist society, she used her scholarship and art as vehicles for activism. Today, the Margaret Walker Center, named for its founder, continues to lift up her legacy as a museum and special collections archive dedicated to Black experience in America.
For My People: The Margaret Walker Center
Robert Luckett received his BA in political science from Yale University and his PhD from the University of Georgia with a focus on modern Civil Rights Movement history. He is a tenured associate professor of history at Jackson State University and director of the Margaret Walker Center, a museum and special collections archive dedicated to the African American experience. Among other affiliations, he serves on the board of directors for the Association of African American Museums and is on the advisory board for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
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Robert E. Luckett; For My People: The Margaret Walker Center. The Public Historian 1 August 2018; 40 (3): 173–192. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2018.40.3.173
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