Remembered best as a founder of the African- American journal Freedomways, this civil rights activist and author penned such articles as "This is My Husband: Fighter for His People, Political Refugee" and "The Negro Woman Domestic Worker in Relation to Trade Unionism."
After graduating from Oberlin College, she earned a sociology master's degree from Fisk University.
Her influential journal influenced the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s.
She grew up in Arlington, Virginia, as the daughter of an activist mother who served as the northern Virginia branch president of the NAACP. She met her husband, fellow activist James E. Jackson, while working for the Southern Negro Youth Congress in Birmingham, Alabama.
Her Freedomways journal published pieces by Alice Walker, Lorraine Hansberry, and other prominent African-American writers.