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Wyatt Tee Walker papers

Repository: New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Collection Description (Extant): Minister, author, and civil rights activist, Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker is best known for his work as Chief of Staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a position he held from 1960-1964, and as pastor of Canaan Baptist Church in New York City since 1967. Walker was born in Brockton, Massachusetts in 1929, earned both his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Physics in 1950 and the Master of Divinity degree in 1953 from Virginia Union University in Richmond. He was awarded his doctorate in Black Church Studies from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 1975.

Walker has held several administrative posts during his career, among them president of the Negro Heritage Library(1966-1975) and Special Assistant to Governor Rockefeller of New York for Urban Affairs during which time he aided in planning the Harlem State Office Building. Walker was active in the anti-apartheid movement in the United States,and in 1978 was the key figure in organizing the International Freedom Mobilization. Among Walker's publications are "Scaffold of Faith" (originally his dissertation), "Hush! Somebody's Calling My Name," "Soul of Black Worship," "Common Thieves," and "The Black Church Looks at the Bicentennial."

The Wyatt Tee Walker Papers consist principally of manuscripts of published and unpublished works, a few sermons and programs of events held at Canaan Baptist Church, including an anniversary souvenir journal. The manuscript titles are "The Scaffold of Faith," "Hush! Somebody's Calling My Name" (a history of the music of the African American religious experience), "Spirits that Dwell in Deep Woods," and "Past Traditions and its Meaning for Future Ministry."

Collection URL: http://www.nypl.org/archives/4050 External Link

Date(s): 1963-1982

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: 4050

Extent: .4 lin. ft.

Finding Aid: http://www.nypl.org/ead/4050

Language: English

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights

Subjects:

African American civil rights workers
African American clergy--New York (State)
Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Genres:

Manuscripts
Speeches

 

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