The funeral and remembrance services for civil rights attorney and former State Rep. John Walker, D-Little Rock, are as follows, according to his family:
Thursday midday – Walker will lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gov. Asa Hutchinson is expected to make remarks.
Thursday evening – A wake will be held for Walker from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church.
Friday – Viewing service at St. Mark Baptist Church from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Funeral services immediately afterwards.
Walker was found dead in his home early Monday morning (Oct. 28) at the age of 82.
Walker represented African American students and parents – a group known as the “Joshua intervenors” after plaintiff Lorene Joshua – in the long-running Little Rock school desegregation case. His work related to that case began in 1965, according to his law office’s website. He negotiated a desegregation and education plan in 1998, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas.
Walker was elected as a Democrat to represent Little Rock in the House of Representatives in 2010 and was serving his fifth term.