Skip to Main Content

African American Women Writers

Margaret Walker (1915-1988) is best known for her only novel, Jubilee, which took her 30 years to write, and her poem “For My People,” which she composed, with the exception of the last stanza, in 15 minutes. Both works, and her efforts as a creative writer, scholar, and teacher since the 1930s, have been inseparable from her militant commitment to promoting the African-American struggle for equality and civil rights.*

Genre: Southern fiction

More about Margaret Walker at ProQuest One Literature


*Kort, C. (2016). Walker, Margaret. In C. Kort, A to Z of women: American women writers (3rd ed.). Facts On File. Credo Reference.

By Margaret Walker

About Margaret Walker