Longtime minister Dr. Thomas L. Walker recently was inducted into a civil rights organization that honors the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Walker was one of 83 people tapped for the Board of Preachers, a part of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, a release says. He was recognized April 3 at the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. College of Ministers and Laity, a meeting held at the chapel.
The mission of the board is to recognize its members’ years of effort. It also leads its members to connect with the values of King, including nonviolence, unity and inclusive service.
The board was created in 1985 by Lawrence Carter, dean of the chapel.
The chapel is meant to be a “beacon for students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as others from around the world, who seek a meaningful connection with Dr. King’s World House values of ethics, nonviolence, service and unity,” the release says.
Walker, 65, has served 43 years as the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, the release says.
In other faith-related activities, he is a member of the reconstruction council of the Rocky Mount Area Minister’s Alliance and has been active in the health-oriented Save the Seed ministry.
He also has a long history of political activism, including service as president of the N.C. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, as an Edgecombe County commissioner, as a field representative for former U.S. Rep. Eva Clayton and as chairman of the Edgecombe-Nash Political Caucus.
“As a community leader, he is known as one who fights for the rights of the common man,” the release says. “He is a political activist who works diligently to institute changes for the betterment of the people.”
Among the other members tapped this year for the Board of Preachers was Dr. Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, the release says.
Mahatma Gandhi was a leader in the Indian independence movement and a world-recognized advocate of nonviolent protest as a means to affect civil and political change.
Ebenezer Baptist Church is at 702 W. Raleigh Blvd. For information, call 446-2378.