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Lee H. Walker

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Grits, Rice, Pork, Fruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
I Do Not Judge My Success By The Names And Titles Of Where I Live, But I Measure It By The Obstacles I've Had To Overcome To Get To Where I Am.

Birthplace

Born:
10/6/1938
Birth Location:
Troy, Alabama

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Grits, Rice, Pork, Fruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
I Do Not Judge My Success By The Names And Titles Of Where I Live, But I Measure It By The Obstacles I've Had To Overcome To Get To Where I Am.

Birthplace

Born:
10/6/1938
Birth Location:
Troy
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Biography

Lee Henderson Walker, business executive, vice president, and senior fellow with the Heartland Institute, and founder, director, and president of the New Coalition for Economic and Social Change, was born on October 6, 1938, in Troy, Alabama, where he graduated from Academy High School in 1957. In 1960, after briefly attending Alabama State University, Walker moved to New York City to attend Brooklyn College while working as an insurance salesman for American Progressive Insurance. Walker was then hired at Winston-Muss Corporation in New York as director of employee relations, where he remained from 1961 to 1970. In 1970, Walker became national distribution manager for Sears Roebuck & Company.

While at Sears, Walker completed his B.S. degree in economics and business management, and was awarded a degree from Fordham University in 1975, the same year he served as vice president of the Brooklyn, New York chapter of the NAACP.

After retiring from Sears in 1993, Walker went on to found the New Coalition for Economic and Social Change in Chicago, Illinois, and to serve as chairman of the American Fund of the University of the Orange Free State (South Africa). A former columnist for Crain’s Chicago Business and editorial writer for the Chicago Defender, Walker was also a member of the American Management Association; the board of the Association for the Integration of Management (AIM); the National Urban League Guild of New York City and the Community Development Board of the University of Chicago’s Office of Special Programs. Walker was also director of the Chicago State University Foundation, and a trustee of Illinois Community Colleges. Between 1990 and 1992, Walker served as chairman of the Merit Advisory Board of the Department of Personnel of the Office of the Secretary of State of Illinois. A past president of the Republican Political Club, Walker also served as a member of the New York City Local Draft Board.

In 1967, the New Rochelle Branch of the NAACP gave Walker its distinguished service award, and in 1972, the Harlem Branch of the YMCA gave him the Black Achievers in Industry Award. In 1996, Walker was awarded the Heartland Liberty Prize.

Walker is married to Audrey Davis Walker, with whom he resides in Burr Ridge, Illinois. They have had four children.

Walker passed away on November 8, 2018.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lee H. Walker's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lee H. Walker lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lee H. Walker talks about his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lee H. Walker talks about his maternal great-great-grandfather, George Lee Lumpkin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lee H. Walker talks about the political affiliations within his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lee H. Walker talks about his maternal great-great-grandfather's church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lee H. Walker talks about his mother's childhood in Troy, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lee H. Walker talks about race relations in Troy, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lee H. Walker tells a story about a great-aunt who had her land stolen after her husband died
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lee H. Walker remembers hearing folktales as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lee H. Walker describes his maternal grandmother's home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lee H. Walker talks about his paternal family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lee H. Walker describes his maternal grandmother and her occupation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lee H. Walker talks about segregation in Troy, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lee H. Walker describes the social status of schoolteachers in the 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lee H. Walker describes race relations between white and black children in Alabama in the 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lee H. Walker remembers almost being hit by a train
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lee H. Walker describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lee H. Walker describes his father's occupation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lee H. Walker describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lee H. Walker describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lee H. Walker describes growing up impoverished in Troy, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lee H. Walker remembers seeing Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye perform
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lee H. Walker remembers his high school principal, Cecil Griffin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lee H. Walker talks about his first visit to Tuskegee University and his introduction to Booker T. Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Lee H. Walker remembers migrating to Florida to pick oranges and then to Delaware to pick potatoes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lee H. Walker describes fleeing Delaware for New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lee H. Walker describes arriving in New York City, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lee H. Walker describes arriving in New York City, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lee H. Walker talks about transferring to Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lee H. Walker describes leaving Alabama for New York City a second time
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lee H. Walker describes settling in New York City a second time, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lee H. Walker describes settling in New York City a second time pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lee H. Walker describes being hired to sell insurance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lee H. Walker explains why he was inspired by Booker T. Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lee H. Walker talks about reading Irving Stone's book, 'The Agony and the Ecstasy'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lee H. Walker explains how he was hired as an office boy at Winston Muss Corporation in Rockefeller Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lee H. Walker describes being mentored by David Muss, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lee H. Walker describes being mentored by David Muss, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lee H. Walker describes studying at New York University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lee H. Walker talks about founding the Council of Concerned Black Executives (C.C.B.E.) and the Association for the Integration of Management (A.I.M.)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lee H. Walker describes how got involved in the NAACP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lee H. Walker talks about Jo Ann Robinson and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lee H. Walker talks about his work with the Brooklyn chapter of the NAACP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lee H. Walker explains how he got a job with Sears, Roebuck & Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lee H. Walker talks about his critique of affirmative action, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lee H. Walker talks about his critique of affirmative action, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lee H. Walker talks about the significance of the African American vote
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Lee H. Walker talks about leaving Sears, Roebuck & Company
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Lee H. Walker talks about the formation of the New Coalition for Economic and Social Change and the Alternative Conference
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Lee H. Walker talks about the New Coalition for Economic and Social Change
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Lee H. Walker explains his involvement in governmental affairs
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Lee H. Walker shares his opinions on globalization
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Lee H. Walker talks about demographic shifts he has observed in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Lee H. Walker critiques liberal social programs
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Lee H. Walker shares his views on education in the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Lee H. Walker talks about employment discrimination
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Lee H. Walker talks about education in the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Lee H. Walker advocates for politically diverse views from within the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Lee H. Walker advocates for politically diverse views from within the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Lee H. Walker describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Lee H. Walker talks about Reverend James Meeks
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Lee H. Walker talks about speaking at the Democratic National Convention as a black Republican
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Lee H. Walker considers what he might have done differently
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Lee H. Walker considers his legacy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Lee H. Walker considers his legacy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Lee H. Walker talks about his family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Lee H. Walker talks about his family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Lee H. Walker talks about the legacy of Alexander Hamilton
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Lee H. Walker talks about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Lee H. Walker describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Lee H. Walker narrates his photographs