On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, after a brief illness, Advisory Board Member, Dr. William “Sonny” Walker passed away.
Dr. Walker was a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, but he was a longtime resident of Atlanta. He was known to most as a civil rights activist and civic leader committed to improving the lives of others. He was an influential force for a host of causes, such as integrating schools, making Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a state and national holiday, and founding one of the first Head Start education programs. He also served as one of Coretta Scott King’s speech writers.
Dr. Walker has served on the boards of the United Way, Urban League, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Morris Brown College, and a member of One Hundred Black Men and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. to name a few.
Dr. Walker was appointed to the GCEO’s Board of Commissioners in April of 2015. He will be missed by all who knew him especially his four children, seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.