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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.

Birthplace

Born:
2/27/1928
Birth Location:
Freehold, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.

Birthplace

Born:
2/27/1928
Birth Location:
Freehold
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Biography

Civil rights activist Ann Walker was born in Freehold, New Jersey, on February 27th, 1928. Her mother, Mabel B. Edwards, was a seamstress, and her father, Robert Willard Edwards, worked in the trust department at Howard Savings. She attended Jefferson Junior High and Court Street School before Freehold High School in Freehold, New Jersey. For two years after her high school graduation in 1946, Walker attended Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. In 1950, she married Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, who would later serve as Chief of Staff for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and as executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) from 1960 to 1964. In 1951, Walker graduated from Howard University with her B.S. degree in accounting and economics, and one year later, her first child, Ann Patrice, was born. In the next five years, Walker would have three more children.

During the 1960s, Walker and her husband were very active in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1961, they participated in the Freedom Rides, for which Walker would spend a week in jail in Jackson County, Mississippi. Two years later, in 1963, during Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign to desegregate Birmingham, Walker was beaten on Mother’s day at the Gaston Motel by the National Guard.

In the 1970s, the Walkers lived in New York, where for thirty-seven years her husband, Dr. Walker, was Senior Pastor at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem. During this time, Walker volunteered with the Westchester Foster Grandparents, serving one-on-one as a tutor and mentor to young people. She also served as board president for two terms at the Yonkers YWCA and as Mayor’s Liaison to the Black Community in Yonkers. In 1975, after raising her children, Walker entered the workforce at North American Philips as the Branch Director of their credit union. She retired in 1989, and in 2004, when her husband also retired, the Walkers moved to Chester, Virginia.

Ann Walker was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 22, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ann Walker's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ann Walker lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ann Walker describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ann Walker describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ann Walker talks about her mother's organizational involvement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ann Walker describes her parents' personalities and her likeness to her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ann Walker describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ann Walker describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ann Walker describes her early experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ann Walker remembers the Great Depression
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ann Walker describes her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ann Walker remembers her childhood activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Ann Walker talks about her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ann Walker recalls the racial discrimination at Freehold High School in Freehold, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ann Walker describes her social life at Freehold High School in Freehold, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ann Walker recalls her early experiences of travel
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ann Walker recalls her attempt to organize a walkout protest
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ann Walker recalls her graduation from Freehold High School in Freehold, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ann Walker describes her experiences at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ann Walker recalls meeting her husband, Reverend Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ann Walker remembers the notable figures at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ann Walker talks about the births of her children
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ann Walker describes her experiences of discrimination in Petersburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ann Walker describes her early exposure to The Links
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ann Walker recalls the reprisals against her husband, Reverend Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ann Walker describes the members of the SCLC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ann Walker remembers her role in the Mississippi Freedom Summer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ann Walker recalls being jailed for her activism in Jackson, Mississippi, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ann Walker recalls being jailed for her activism in Jackson, Mississippi, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ann Walker recalls being beaten by police in the aftermath of Project C
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ann Walker remembers being jailed in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ann Walker remembers the March on Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ann Walker recalls leaving the South
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ann Walker describes her experiences of discrimination in Yonkers, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ann Walker talks about her experiences as a pastor's wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ann Walker talks about her son's incarceration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ann Walker recalls working for the North American Philips Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ann Walker describes the notable members of the SCLC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ann Walker recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Ann Walker remembers her husband's association with Nelson Rockefeller
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Ann Walker remembers the Harlem community in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Ann Walker describes her involvement with The Links
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Ann Walker describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ann Walker reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ann Walker describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ann Walker narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ann Walker narrates her photographs, pt. 2