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Mississippi Valley State University (Itta Bena, MS 38941-1401)
Jianqing Zheng (Project Director: July 2012 to October 2014)
African-American Literary Heritage: Three Mississippi Writers

An eighteen-month program of study and curriculum development for university faculty and school teachers on Richard Wright, Margaret Walker, and Sterling Plumpp.

Richard Wright, Margaret Walker, and Sterling Plumpp are the three famous modern and contemporary African American writers who have represented Mississippi in their literary achievements. The hunger for knowledge presented in Wright’s fiction, the awareness of heritage and freedom in Walker’s novel and poetry, and the Jazz/blues tradition in Plumpp’s poetry should still be meaningful topics in the 21st-century humanities programs, specifically in the curriculum at HBCUs in the state of Mississippi. Therefore, it is significant to re-recognize, through this project, the literary achievements of these three writers and emphasize their importance in African American Studies. It is equally significant to examine the philosophical, political, and literary values in their works. This project will certainly turn a new page in the study of these three Mississippi writers.

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Project fields:
Literature, General

Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Education Programs

$55,755 (approved)
$42,698 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2013 – 6/30/2014