The Carl Walker, Jr. Multi Purpose Center
managed by the Faith Revitalization Center
an affiliate of the Fifth Ward Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Leonard Barksdale, Pastor




Judge Carl Walker, Jr.


Carl Walker, Jr. was born on May 13, 1924 in Marlin, Falls County Texas. He attended and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1942. Following graduation, he was drafted to serve in the US Army Air force in 1943 during World War II. He was honorably discharged March 16, 1946 at the rank of Sergeant. In September of 1946, he enrolled at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1950. He followed that up with a Masters in Economics in 1952 and a Doctor of Juris Prudence in 1955 from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.

He served in an interim capacity as the first African American U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. He was appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1961, by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, becoming the first African American to hold that position from the South. He was a member of the Fifth Ward Missionary Baptist Church and was Chairman of the Trustee Board from 1960.

He was appointed as the State Judge of the 185th Criminal District Court from 1987 until 1994. Throughout his career he was known as a tireless civic leader within the community and an even-handed jurist amongst his peers. He died on July 12, 2002 at the age of 78. He is survived by his spouse, Janice Martin Walker, who still resides in Houston.


Gideon Sanders

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