Wyatt Tee Walker

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Wyatt Tee Walker


Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker (born Aug. 16, 1929) is the Senior Pastor at Canaan Baptist Church, Harlem, New York.

Activism

The first of Walker's 17 arrests occurred when he led a group of Blacks through “Whites only” doors of the local library.[1]

Working for Martin Luther King Jr.

Walker was the Executive Director for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He also served as Chief of staff to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.[2]

Wyatt was installed as pastor of Canaan Baptist Church by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Church Ministry

In the 1950’s Rev. Walker became the pastor of Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia.[3]

Wyatt has served as the Minister at the Abyssinian Baptist church.[4]

He then went on to become the Senior Pastor at Canaan Baptist Church, Harlem, New York in 1967 where he would pastor for the next 37 years. Walker was officially installed as Pastor by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on March 24, 1968. Ten days later Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.[5]

National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee

Circa 1962, Vice Chairmen of the Communist Party USA front, National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee were:[6]

As of May 1964, Wyatt Tee Walker Dir., Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was listed as a sponsor of the National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Working for Governor Nelson Rockefeller

In the 1970s, Wyatt served ten years as Urban Affairs Specialist for Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York.[7]

Religious Action Network

In 1988, Walker and Canon Frederick Williams co-founded the Religious Action Network a project of the American Committee on Africa during the height of the Anti-Apartheid struggle. RAN is a network of over 300 congregations throughout the U.S.[8]

Africa Action involvement

In 2009, Wyatt Tee Walker was listed on the Board of Directors and as the President Emeritus for Africa Action.[9]

Awards

  • Jan. 18, 2009: Rev. Walker was a recipient of the "Keepers of the Flame" Award at the African-American Church Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC, during the inauguration events for Pres. Barack Obama.[10]

Publications

Walker is the author of twenty-one books including:

  • Common Thieves
  • The Harvard Paper
  • Afrocentrism and Christian Faith
  • Soweto Diary
  • Race, Justice and Culture
  • Millennium End Papers

References