About The Author
Margaret became attracted to the craft of writing in her early years. Her dad admired writers and loved reading great books. Her mother always had a funny story to tell.
Growing up in an all-Black community, she and her family were known, cared about, and respected. But traveling several miles to school each day on a bus, and passing schools for white children along the way, aroused her curiosity. Why was that? In the evenings, kids in her neighborhood played on a nearby school playground for white children without incident.
She wondered, “What’s this all about?” Not satisfied with the scant answers of her parents, she started asking questions of other family members and friends, and found nothing that made her feel that they were any less than a white family, generally speaking. But the search took her deeper into Black history and her findings lit a spark in her desire to write. She began writing brief articles and funny anecdotes about family life, submitting them to local publications. Her later becoming a Christian conjoined her two passions: Christianity and African-American history. Now she wanted to write a book.
She’d been educated at Morgan State College but quickly learned that she needed to improve her skills in order to write a book, so enrolled in a writing program at Johns Hopkins University. Enhanced skill paid off handsomely!
As it happened, one of her former professors at Morgan had seen Margaret’s work and invited her to contribute to a biographical encyclopedia being compiled of Notable Black American Women. A woman named Catherine Ferguson (also referred to as Katy) was among several assigned to her. Margaret completed her assignment but wanted to know more about Mrs. Ferguson.
A great writer once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read and it hasn’t been written you must write it.” And so she did--about Catherine Ferguson.