John Walker

The main funeral for civil rights giant John W. Walker was a three-hour affair today at St. Mark Baptist Church. The huge crowd heard fiery oratory from a procession of speakers, several of them captured in clips on KARK/Fox 16.

JOHN WALKER JR.: Cheered for urging return of control to Little Rock School District.

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Judge and pastor Wendell Griffen said Walker, lawyer/legislator/agitator, was hated by the white establishment  “because he loved justice” and he revealed the hypocrisy of oppressors. Walker’s son, John, called for the release of the Little Rock School District from state control and also for the ouster of state Education secretary Johnny Key. He was cheered by the audience for these remarks. “Let’s get back to educating our children,” he said.

A family burial is scheduled Saturday in Hope, where Walker, who died Monday at 82 after 55 years in the law in Little Rock, spent his early years. He is gone. He will not soon be forgotten.

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UPDATE: Wendell Griffen’s full tribute is here. 

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