Bachelor, University Redlands, 1952. Master of Arts, University Washington, 1953. Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1960.
Instructor English, Spelman College, Atlanta, 1953-1955; from instructor to assistant professor, Boston University College Basic Studies, 1959-1963; from. assistant to associate professor, California State University, Los Angeles, 1963-1969; Professor of English, world literature and black studies, Claremont (California) College, since 1969. Visiting professor theology and arts, Sclaremont School Theology, spring, 1969;visiting Professor of English U. Redlands, summer, 1963.
Board of directors Pomona Unified School District, 1981-1989, Society for Values in Higher Education, 1985-1988. Nominating committee, board directors Girl Scouts American, Pomona,1980-1984, 86-88. Member Modern Language Association (delegate 1993-1995).
Children: Barbara Ruth Arnwine, Lucretia Drane Peebles. Married Harold Andrew Jackson Junior, July 8, 1964.