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Margaret Walker

Courtesy of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.

Margaret Walker was a poet and novelist best known for her poem "For My People" (1937) and her novel Jubilee (1966). By 1999, Jubilee had sold over a million copies. Margaret Walker and her contemporary, Gwendolyn Brooks, provided an essential link between the Harlem Renaissance and the modern explosion of African American women's literature. Both were mentors to the next generations of poets and writers. Brooks came to national attention with the publication of her first volume of poetry, A Street in Bronzeville (1945) and in 1950 she became the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, for poetry.

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