MLK confidant and civil rights leader Wyatt Tee Walker dies

2018-01-24 06:25
A young girl rides a parade bus during the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King jnr Day parade in Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel, AP, file)

A young girl rides a parade bus during the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King jnr Day parade in Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel, AP, file)

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Chester - The Reverend Wyatt Tee Walker, a leader in the civil rights movement who helped the Reverend Martin Luther King jnr assemble his famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail", has died.

His daughter, Patrice Walker Powell, says her father was 88 or 89, since family records show different years of birth.

Powell said her father died on Tuesday in Chester, Virginia. She said he had been in declining health the past few years after a stroke.

Walker was a key player in the civil rights movement and was brought in by King to be the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference three years after the civil rights organisation was founded.

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