John W Walker
John W. Walker can certainly attest to the incredible difference that one person can make in another’s life even if that difference is not readily identifiable as positive.
Following his 1954 graduation from Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas, Walker was admitted as one of the first six black undergraduate students at the University of Texas. His plans were to major in petroleum engineering, but when one of the other five students announced that his goal was to become a Longhorn football player all six students were promptly dc-admitted.
In a bit of foreshadowing, Walker filed a federal lawsuit seeking immediate admission, but by the time the anticipated remedy came in 1955, Walker had enrolled at what was then Arkansas AM&N College in Pine Bluff. In 1958, he graduated with a degree in Sociology, got married and went to work as Assistant Director of an affiliate of the Southern Regional Council in Atlanta, Georgia known at the Arkansas Council on Human Relations. It was during this time that Walker became involved with Daisy and L. C. Bates in seeking to implement the Little Rock desegregation decision.
When Walker was awarded a John Hay Whitney Fellowship, he entered graduate school at New York University and received his Master’s degree in 1961. He graduated from Yale University Law School in 1964. Upon graduation, Walker became the third intern of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. In 1965, he opened a private civil rights and general practice of law in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Through the years, Walker has had an active and largely successful practice in the area of civil rights law, with representation of thousands of clients in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Waco, Texas; Killeen, Texas and the entire state of Arkansas. There are more than 200 federally cited cases that reflect his work activity. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity tnc. Walker has served in many private and pmfessional capacities within the bar association, as a lecturer on civil right subjects in lawyer training conferences and at bar meetings, and as a member of numerous professional organizations