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Rev. Dr. Lucius Walker Jr. remembered

HERB BOYD and DAA'IYA L. SANUSI | 4/12/2011, 5:30 p.m.

The Rev. Thomas Smith, chairman of IFCO, remembered Walker as a man of courage and integrity, a great organizer and a great humanitarian as he asked the students of the Latin American School of Medicine to stand and salute Rev. Dr. Walker.

Walker also founded Pastors for Peace in 1988 in response to a terrorist attack on a civilian passenger ferry called Mission of Peace in which Walker and 29 passengers were wounded and two passengers were killed by Nicaraguan Contra forces.

IFCO organized the National Black Economic Development Conference in 1969 and worked with organizer C.T. Vivian to organize the National Anti-Klan Network, also called the Center for Democratic Renewal, in 1970.

Rev. Walker had many accomplishments and formed numerous ministries to serve the inner city through his church, the Salvation Baptist Church. However, one of his more recent projects, which he nurtured for the past decade, was to arrange for young people from the inner city and low-income communities in the U.S. to study on full scholarships at the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba and then return to provide medical care in underserved communities.

Since Walker's passing on September 7, the board of directors and staff of IFCO/Pastors for Peace have pledged "to honor and celebrate the rich legacy of the beloved, heroic, prophetic leader, Rev. Dr. Lucius Walker Jr., and move his work forward."