Maragret Walker: External Links and Additional
- A video, "For my People: The Life and Writing of Margaret
Walker," was published by California Newsreel (San Francisco) in 1998. Running time:
approximately 27 minutes. The web site at Wilfrid Laurier University describes the film as
follows: "For My People combines conversations with Margaret Walker, commentary from
leading scholars and readings from her poetry to make a powerful argument for the
centrality of her work to 20th century American literature. At the heart of her poetry are
the rhythms of African and African American speech and music--gospel, spiritual, ballads
and folktales. In contrast to most contemporary poets, she did not aspire to a 'personal'
poetry but 'to write the song of my people, to frame their dreams into words, their souls
Wilfrid Laurier University web site: http://info.wlu.ca/~wwwav/WLUCollection/F/v1242.htm
The North Carolina State University at Marion also has a web site
for this film: http://lib.ncsu.edu/marion/AJR-7303
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted the North Carolina Literary Festival
from April 3-5, 1998. Recordings of readings
of Walker's poetry and a panel discussion are available at http://metalab.unc.edu/ipa/walker
- At the end of this section, you will find Margaret Walker's
contribution ("Yalluh Hammuh") to the Federal Writers' Project. This document
was drawn from the Library of Congress web site which offers manuscripts from this
project. You can check additional sources by following these simple directions:
- The LOC web site is http://www.loc.gov
- After accessing the LOC home page, click "American Memory."
- After accessing American Memory, click "enter" and the American Memory
Historical Collections page will appear on the screen.
- After accessing this page, click "search." The All American Memory Collections
page will appear on the screen.
- Search this page and click American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal
Writers Project, 1936-1940. The Life History Manuscripts from the Folklore
Project page will appear on the screen. Click "select a state."
- The WPA Life Histories page with a map of the United States will appear on the screen.
Click the "state" that you wish to search, and when the Life Histories page for
that state appears, click, for example, "List all Illinois titles."
(Walker's manuscript is Illinois, #39.)
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