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Shaping MemoriesReflections of African American Women Writers$
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Joanne Veal Gabbin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732740

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732740.001.0001

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A Blessed Life

A Blessed Life

(p.129) A Blessed Life
Shaping Memories

Maryemma Graham

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter tells the story of how the author Maryemma Graham crossed paths with Margaret Walker, the poet and novelist. Graham had gone to Jackson, Mississippi, to visit Walker when she first arrived at the state’s flagship institution in Oxford. It was her gesture as a young, admiring scholar who wanted to let Walker know that she had moved to the state and intended to honor Walker’s legacy by teaching her work. When Walker sent a bouquet of flowers and a fuzzy stuffed animal during Graham’s delivery of her fourth child, her mother saw it a sign that Graham was supposed to do something important. Graham paid Walker another visit, and it would be the beginning of a journey that would take nearly twenty-five years to complete. Six years after Walker had died, Graham was still reading what she left behind.

Keywords:   poet, novelist, Maryemma Graham, Margaret Walker, Oxford, admiring scholar

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