Tags: wyatt tee walker

Wyatt Tee Walker: Dr. King Strategist, Civil Rights Leader Dies at 88

Image: Wyatt Tee Walker: Dr. King Strategist, Civil Rights Leader Dies at 88

In a Sept. 25, 1963, photo, the Revs. Martin Luther King Jr. (left), Joseph E. Lowery, and Wyatt Tee Walker (right), meet for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference convention in Richmond, Virginia. Walker, who helped assemble King's famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail" from notes King wrote on paper scraps, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 23, 2018. (Carl Lynn/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 January 2018 06:17 PM

The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, who worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and continued to work for civil rights after King’s death, has died at age 88.

Walker died Tuesday at an assisted-living facility near his Chester, Virginia, home, according to The New York Times. Walker was the pastor of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem and also assisted New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller as an advocate for affordable housing and better schools in low-income areas of New York City.

Walker met King while they were both students in the early 1950s, and he served as King’s unofficial right-hand man and executive director at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the 1960s. Through fundraising strategies and a series of protests, Walker built the framework for nonviolent confrontation that led to civil rights gains and societal change through the 1960s and ’70s, The New York Times reported.

The influential “Letter From Birmingham Jail” was circulated with help from Walker, and the activist also helped organize the 1963 March on Washington during which King gave the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, The New York Times reported.

Walker “knew how to harness the energies of people who were excited about social change, and how to use the church as the center of his advocacy for the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, The New York Times reported.

Walker also preached around the world about racial inequality and helped overturn apartheid in South Africa in the 1990s, the New York Daily News reported. He became the first chairman of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and wrote 29 books during his tenure at Canaan Baptist.

“We are saddened by the passing of Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, the Daily News reported. “He was a fighter for freedom who dedicated his life to bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice.”

Mourners paid their repects on Twitter and reached out with condolences and memories of Walker.

Related Stories:

© 2018 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, who worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and continued to work for civil rights and preach in Harlem after King’s death, has died at age 88.
wyatt tee walker
521
2018-17-23
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 06:17 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved