Jamie Walker, Ph.D. is a freelance journalist, and poet. She is also president and CEO of J.D. Publishing Group.
Originally from Oakland, California, Walker graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University, where she studied Theater Arts and Black Studies. She received both her Masters and Ph.D. (with Distinction) in African American and Caribbean Literature from Howard University.
Walker starred in several plays throughout California as a respected and highly praised leading actress. She won first place in the state of California for her dramatic interpretation of August Wilson's play, Fences, and has toured with The San Francisco Mime Troupe and The African American Shakespeare Company. Jamie has also hosted a late-night talk show in the District of Columbia on WHBC 830 AM called, Soul Talk with Jamie Walker an inspirational talk show about relationships and matters of the soul.
Walker is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists Modern Language Association and The Golden Key National Honor Society. Her first book, 101 Ways Black Women Can Learn to Love Themselves: A Gift for Women of All Ages, received stunning reviews from Black Issues Book Review, Upscale, and Heart & Soul magazine.
In Fall 2001, Walker received a distinguished scholarship award from poet Sonia Sanchez on behalf of The Elizabeth Howard and Thorton H. Trust Fund. That same year, poet Ethelbert Miller recommended Walker for a Lannan Poetry Fellowship at The Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
Featured on a CNN panel in 2004 (along with Ruby Dee, the late Ossie Davis, David Driskell, and Esther Cooper Jackson), Walker has toured and also served on panels with Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, and Kalamu ya Salaam.
Praised for her 'superior skill in research,' Walker was selected (out of thirty young scholars across the United States) by Camille O. Cosby and Renee Poussaint to join the first class of students in The National Visionary Heritage Fellowship Program. The program taught Walker how to perform videotaped documentaries of historic "visionary" elders over the age of 70. Walker's chosen "visionary" elder was Esther Cooper Jackson," co-founder of Freedomways magazine in 1961 with W.E.B. and Shirley Graham Du Bois. Freedomways magazine chronicled the Civil Rights-Black Arts Movement and featured several well-known Black writers, poets, and artists including Elizabeth Catlett, Paul Robeson, Angela Davis, Mari Evans, and Ntozake Shang'.
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