A Pleasant Surprise
J. Moffett Walker's home town, Edwards, Mississippi, selected her to be the Grand Marshall for their May 7, 2016, May Day Parade.The parade will begin at 10:00. Thousands of community persons are expected to attend this annual event. Fun activities and vendors will be featured all day in various parts of the town.
" I was shocked when I received the telephone call from the town's planning committee on Saturday, May 16, 2016. I am thankful to the Almighty for all the opportunities and experiences that He had given me."
February proved to be a great experience for J Moffett Walker. Since the second month is also known as African American History Month, she took that time to volunteer to speak at libraries, one church and one barber shop, a total of seven presentations.
Walker was pleased with the healthy discussions at the five public libraries: Annie T. Jeffers, Bolton, MS; Lois A. Flagg, Edwards, MS; Quisenberry, Clinton, MS; Raymond, Raymond, MS; and Evelyn T. Majure, Utica, MS.
The Hinds County Library theme: "Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African Americans' Memories."
" What I enjoyed most -- I learned something new from each library," Walker said.
Although the presentation at Anderson United Methodist Church, Jackson, MS, was cancelled, another one, Hardy Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Jackson, MS, requested her to speak during a Sunday morning worship service.
And, besides, the presentation and signing at Michelle's Barber shop was a first for Walker at a barber shop and a first for the owner. Both agreed to do another one next year.
Walker also commented, "African American History and discussions must go on until which time
African American history is truthfully integrated into American history and taught in American history classes.
J. Moffett Walker will be speaking and signing books at the following
All presentations are free.
- Hinds County Public Library, Annie T. Jeffers Branch, 111 Madison
Street, Bolton, MS, Tuesday, February 2, 2016, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
- Michelle's Barber Shop, 704 E. Northside Drive, Clinton, MS,
Saturday, February 6, 2016, from
9:00 am to 12;00 pm.
- Anderson United Methodist Church, 6205 Hanging Moss Rd, Jackson, MS,
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.
- Hinds County Public Library, Raymond Branch, 126 Court Street,
Raymond, MS, Tuesday,February 16, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
- Hinds County Public Library, Quisenberry Branch, 605 East Northside
Drive, Clinton, MS, Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Mississippi Book Festival on August 22, 2015
J. Moffett Walker is excited about participating in the Mississippi Book Festival on August 22, 2015. The first Statewide affair will be held at the State Capitol (Jackson) From 9 AM to 6 PM.
Celebrates John Grisham , Greg Ilse and others will be present. Walker and her seven books will be available: Church Folk; Muh (Mother); The Powerful Web of Kinfolk; Muh’s Cookbook: Recipes before 1930; The Mississippi I Love; Blueprints of Sir Michael; and Earth Angel.
Joedda Gore, author of Sugarman, will also represent Clinton. Indie bookseller, authors’ booths, live music and much more will be included at the literary lawn party. The public is invited and the admission is free.
The Hinds Ledger, Wednesday, August 19, 2015, issue featured J. Moffett Walker with an image. She and author, Joedda Gore will be participating in the first Mississippi Statewide Book Festival held on the lawn of the capitol in Jackson, Mississippi.
John Grisham and Greg Iles will be the keynote speakers. Walker's seven books, including
Blueprints of Sir Michael will be available. Gore will have her book, Sugarman, available also.
The festival is FREE!
J. Moffett Walker is speaking at Quisenberry Library in Clinton, Mississippi
J. Moffett Walker is speaking at Quisenberry Library in Clinton, Mississippi, for four Mondays in June. The library is recognizing the accomplishments of the late Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander, author and professor of Jackson State University who would have been 100 years old this summer. J. Moffett Walker was selected to speak because she was a student of Dr. Walker (No relation).
On June 8, 2015, J. Moffett Walker will read her tribute poem, "Ms. Substance," from her book, The Mississippi I Love and one of her essays (unpublished) "A Teacher of All Times." Kim Corbett, librarian, will
show a historical video, "For My People: The Life and Writings of Margaret Walker Alexander."
The next three Mondays, June 15th, June 22nd, and June 29th, K. Corbett, librarian and J. Moffett Walker, author will lead discussions, about Jubliee, Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander's historical slavery novel. The 58 chapters of the book will be divided for those three sessions.
Discussion Schedule for Jubilee by Margaret Walker Alexander
Led by Kim Corbett and J. Moffett Walker
- June 15, 2015 - Chapters 1 through 20
- June 22, 2015 - Chapters 21 through 40
- June 29, 2016 - Chapters 41 through 58
The program is free and the public is invited. The sessions begin at 7:00 P. M.
"Living in a Danger Zone"
This essay is forthcoming in the fall of 2015 and will appear in Tales of Our Lives, Matilda Butler, Editor, Milbridge, ME, Knowledge Access Books
On yesterday, March 21, 2015, I had a one in a life time experience. I was
the Program Guide for the 90 year old A. C. McKenzie, a World War 11 Purple
Heart Veteran's celebration, held in the Eagle Ridge Conference Room, Hinds
Community College, Raymond, MS. His family, friends, church family and the
United States Army gave Veteran McKenzie a celebration to be forever
remembered. Besides the Purple Heart, Mr. McKenzie received about a
half-dozen other awards from the Army.
Another highlight came for me when I was asked to read a congratulatory
communication from the White House signed by the Honorable President Obama
and First-Lady Michelle Obama. That day I shall always treasure.
Settlers' Day Presentation
J, Moffett Walker spoke at the Clinton Visitor Center, Clinton, Mississippi, on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The center hosted "Settlers' Day." She was asked to do a reading. She chose to write a poem,
"The Natchez Trace, An All-American Road.
The affair was well attended, about five hundred or more. The audience seemed to have enjoyed her poem where she gave a colorful history of the Natchez Trace. The Natchez Trace is a federal highway that runs through Clinton.The 444 mile all-American Road stretches from Nashville to Natchez.
Not only that, the audience was anticipating her to read her original poem. She had received publicity about her presentation in the Clinton Courier, the city's newspaper. And, the week following her presentation, The local newspaper ran two pages of the affair activities including a color picture of J. Moffett Walker reading her poem. Additional information and pictures can be viewed at www.theclintoncourier.net.
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