The University of Richmond School of Arts & Sciences has set a new date for the Wyatt Tee Walker Symposium, which was postponed in September due to inclement weather.

The Walker Symposium will be held Oct. 22 from 2-7:15 p.m. in Tyler Haynes Commons, Alice Haynes Room. The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to attend any portion that fits their schedule. Registration is requested.

Programming will focus on celebrating of the life and legacy of Walker, a distinguished theologian and civil rights leader, who served as chief of staff for Martin Luther King Jr. and executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Walker, who passed away in January, gifted his personal collection to the University of Richmond Boatwright Memorial Library. The collection includes hundreds of historical pieces, including papers, recorded sermons, and memorabilia. The library continues to process and catalogue the collection, which will be available for research.

The Walker Symposium will include a preview of the donated materials beginning at 2 p.m., a panel discussion at 3 p.m., and a keynote lecture by Reverend Joseph Evans, Dean of Morehouse School of Religion and close family friend, at 6 p.m. The complete agenda is available online.

“This symposium will celebrate Dr. Walker as a civil rights pioneer who was a champion for equality and inclusion, principles that have become foundational to the University of Richmond,” said UR President Ronald A. Crutcher, who will deliver welcoming remarks. “We were honored to be gifted his personal collection, and we look forward to helping preserve and ensure access to Walker’s legacy for generations to come.”

The Walker Symposium kicks off a series of themed programming called “Contested Spaces: Race, Nation, and Conflict,” which focuses on conversations centered around conflict resulting from ethnic, racial, and cultural differences.

“Reverend Walker was the largest single developer of affordable housing in New York City and held many pivotal roles in contesting racially defined spaces,” said Patrice Rankine, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, who will moderate a panel discussion focusing on Walker’s legacy. “The Walker Symposium continues an important conversation about equity and justice and launches further inquiry as to how we talk about and apply these values on our campus, in our nation, and in the world.”



Symposium Agenda

Walker Collection Preview
Quigg Room, 2-6 p.m.

Welcome Remarks
Robins Pavilion, 3 p.m.
President Ronald A. Crutcher, University of Richmond

Panel Discussion
Robins Pavilion, 3:15–4:30 p.m.

Patrice Rankine, Dean of Arts & Sciences, University of Richmond

Corey Walker, vice president, dean, and professor of religion and society, Virginia Union University
Chris Dorsey, president of Higher Education Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Laura Browder, Tyler and Alice Haynes Professor of American Studies, University of Richmond
Thad Williamson, associate professor of leadership studies and philosophy, politics, economics and law, University of Richmond

Robins Pavilion, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Keynote Address
Robins Pavilion, 6-7:15 p.m.
Joseph Evans, dean of Morehouse School of Religion and senior pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.