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Mural dedicated to prominent black author, professor

November 24, 2019 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A middle school in Jackson now has a mural of the late, prominent author Margaret Walker Alexander.

WAPT-TV reports that the mural was dedicated this week at Hardy Middle School.

Alexander was part of an African-American literary movement called the Chicago Black Renaissance.

While in Chicago she was part of the Federal Writers’ Project and the Southside Writers Group.

She and her family moved to Jackson, where she was a literature professor from 1949 to 1979. She was the director of the Institute for the Study of the History, Life, and Culture of Black People and organized several conferences that were the first of their kind.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said at the mural dedication that she used her words to bring beauty and light.

Alexander died in 1998.

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Information from: WAPT-TV, http://www.wapt.com