Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker in 1983 (255394)
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Civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker has died, according to reports. Walker is known in New York as senior pastor for 37 years at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem. He reportedly died on Tuesday in Chester, Va.

During the Civil Rights Movement, Walker was a chief of staff for Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1958 Walker became an early board member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

In a statement, Rev. Al Sharpton said Walker was instrumental in the National Action Network.

“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.”

Walker also helped New York State open it’s first charter school the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem. He was also on the National Committee on the American Committee on Africa (ACOA).