Saturday, January 27, 2018

Area Leaders Remember The Contributions Of Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker

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Legendary Pastor And Civil Rights Activist
 Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker Passes Away At 89

"Wyatt Tee Walker, a nationally renowned pastor, civil rights leader, and theologian who served as the chief of staff for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. passed away this week at the age of 89. Rev. Walker began his career of advocacy at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in organizations like the Congress of Racial Equality, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, for which he served as the executive director. In 1967, Rev. Walker was called as the senior pastor at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem, a position he held for 37 years.

Even up until recent years, Rev. Walker continued to advocate for equality, opportunity, better schools, affordable housing, and a fairer world. His legacy will live on in the generation of activists who were inspired by his absolute dedication to the causes of justice. " NYS Senator Leroy Comrie.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - Rev. Al Sharpton, President and Founder of the National Action Network (NAN), today released the following statement on the passing of Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, famed national civil rights leader and the former chief of staff to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The passing of Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker marks the transition of one of one of the greatest social justice and theological minds of our time. Walker was the first Chairman of the National Action Network and a man that mentored me as a civil rights and social justice leader, and while I am saddened by his passing, I am committed to carrying on his legacy. It is both a personal and global loss to me. May he rest in peace."

In a book on NAN's history written by Jamal Watson, Dr. Walker is quoted as saying the following about NAN: "When I got involved, NAN was still just an idea," Walker recalled. "I helped to give the organization some infrastructure. I helped to fund the organization out of my own pocket."

Rev. Sharpton credits Dr. Walker with helping bring structure to NAN, bringing him to meet Nelson Mandela in South Africa, and traveling with him to other places around the world. He also brought in preachers from around the country to work with NAN and serve on its board.

About National Action Network (NAN)

National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender. For More Info Click Here .  You may click here to read his obituary in the New York Times.

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