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Walker, Wyatt Tee

b. 1929

Wyatt Tee Walker was executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) from 1960-64. A graduate of Virginia Union University School of Religion, he served as pastor of Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg. He received a doctorate from Rochester (New York) Theological Center. Active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Virginia Council on Human Relations, he led the first Prayer Pilgrimage for Public Schools and was jailed for protesting segregation in the Petersburg Library. Walker brought strong administrative, organizational and strategy skills to the SCLC, applying them to the Birmingham Campaign and the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice. After leaving SCLC, he worked for the Negro Heritage Library. Walker was senior pastor of Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem for 37 years, rallying his parishioners for justice and equality, including divestment from apartheid South Africa.

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Temporary Injunction Filed Against Wyatt Tee Walker

This is a legal document for a temporary injunction filed by the city of Birmingham against Wyatt Tee Walker.

Terror in Louisiana

The article describes the terrorist actions occurring within the area of north Louisiana. An African American dentist by the name of C.O. Simpkins was one of the victims targeted due to his activism in Civil Rights. Due to Simpkins large presence within the movement, his house was bombed and burned down. This is just one example of the constant hatred and violence many African Americans had to go through to gain equality within the South.

The Deep South in Social Revolution

The Deep South in Social Revolution was the theme for the 1961 SCLC Annual Meeting.

The Negro Heritage Library

The Negro Heritage Library sought to make the Negro community aware of the cultural "black-out" that was due to the inadequacies within the nations history books.The president of the library, Noel N. Marder, focused the energies and resources from the Educational Heritage. As the most respected spokesman for the Negro of his time, there is a section focused solely on Dr. King's work.

We Return to Birmingham Jail to Bear Witness

On his way to turn themselves in to Birmingham jail again in 1967, Dr. King writes this article in longhand, asserting the purposes of the civil rights activists' civil disobedience. Their unjust incarceration, he states, will allow them to bear witness to an unjust justice system, from Bull Connor's dogs to the US Supreme Court. The Court had just issued a decision supporting Connor's injunction forbidding the protests of the Birmingham campaign, which had led to his first incarceration there in 1963.

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