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Joseph Alexander Walker (1935—2003) born to Joseph A. Walker and Florine G. Johnson, was an African American playwright and screenwriter, theater director, actor and professor. He is best known for writing the play The River Niger, a three-act play that was originally produced Off-Broadway in 1972 by the Negro Ensemble Company before being transferred to Broadway in 1973 and then adapted into a 1976 film starring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson. In 1974, Walker became the first African American writer to win the Tony Award, being honored for The River Niger. The playwright previously won an Obie Award during that play's 1972-1973 Off-Broadway run.
Joseph A. Walker during his Career
Walker was born in Washington, D.C, and earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Howard University and completed all requirements for a Masters in Philosophy- except a thesis. In 1957, he entered the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant and received a Masters of Fine Arts, MFA in drama from Catholic University. In his later years, he taught drama at Howard University and later served also chairman of the theater department at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey.
Walker was one of the first African American's along with Lorraine Hansberry and Tennessee Williams, to win the Tony Award for best promising play entitled The River Niger. His efforts and talents drew him critical acclaim at the NEC (Negro Ensemble Company) with Douglas Turner Ward as the artistic director. The River Niger's run was one of the longest consecutive runs that the NEC had in reference to other plays that graced their stage. Other works include the drama District Line , "Yin- Yang", "The Harangues" (Tribal Harangue 1, 2,and 3), "The Lion is a Soul Brother", "Out of the Ashes", "Absolution of Willie Mae", and "Koulaba D. Haiti" and the musical King Buddy Bolden.
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