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Dr. Luckett

COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women’s Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy welcomes more than 60 faculty, graduate students and undergraduates to campus as it hosts the Mississippi Philological Association annual conference Feb. 12-13.

Conference participants hail from around the state as well as from Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Alabama. Including both emerging and established scholars and writers, they will present creative works and critical and pedagogical papers in sessions in Painter Hall and Carrier Chapel.

MUW faculty, staff and students may attend any of the conference paper presentations for free. The full program is available at http://www.muw.edu/as/llp/mpa.

In the conference plenary lecture, Dr. Robert Luckett, director of the Margaret Walker Center for the Study of the African-American Experience at Jackson State University, will present “This Is My Century: Margaret Walker and the Black Arts Movement.”

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 in Poindexter Hall. Also featured as part of the The W’s Black History Month, Dr. Luckett’s lecture is financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council and is free and open to the public.

Born in 1905 and known for “For My People” and the neo-slave narrative “Jubilee,” Margaret Walker wrote nine books. As a professor of English at JSU and a leader in the nascent Black Studies movement, she also made an indelible contribution as a mentor for hundreds of students and many writers, actors and scholars like Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and James Baldwin.

Luckett received his doctorate from the University of Georgia with a focus on civil rights movement history. His book “Joe T. Patterson and the Dilemma of the White South: Evolving Resistance to Black Advancement” was published by University Press of Mississippi last year. He has appeared in documentaries on the civil rights movement, including the Independent Lens film “Spies of Mississippi” and “An Ordinary Hero,” about the life of Joan Trumpauer Mulhollhand.

Feb. 10, 2016