African American Library at the Gregory School

Judge Carl Walker Jr. Collection MSS.0025

An Inventory of his Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Walker, Carl, Jr.
Title: Carl Walker Jr. Collection
Dates: 1946-2002
Identification: MSS.0025
Quantity: 1.3 Linear feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: African American Library at the Gregory School

Biographical/Historical note

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.

Scope and Contents note

The Carl Walker Jr. Collection contains newsclippings, photographs, certificates and awards, correspondence, speeches, funeral program, and oath of office that document his career as a lawyer, judge, and civic leader to his community.


Conditions Governing Access note


Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Carl Walker Jr. Collection must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder. Please ask reference staff for information and assistance on the possibility of photo duplication and any associated fees. The library reserves the right to restrict duplication.

Index Terms

African American men--Texas--Houston
Civic leaders – Houston (Tex.)
Civil Defense--Texas--Houston
Fifth Ward Missionary Baptist Church
Imperial Grand Council and Supreme Grand Court
Judges--Texas--Harris County
Texas Southern University
Texas--Politics and government

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Janice Walker, May 2010

Processing Information note

Processed by Vince Lee, September 2010

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Funeral programs
The Honorable Carl Walker, Jr. (July 20, 2002)
In Memory of Honorable Carl Walker, Jr. (February 12, 2002)
“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” Poem by James Weldon Johnson (Undated)

Box Folder
1 2 Resume
Resume of The Honorable Carl Walker, Jr. (Undated)
References for the Honorable Carl Walker, Jr. (Undated)

Box Folder
1 3 Correspondence from Carl Walker, Jr.
Correspondence from Judge Carol Walker, Jr. to Mayor Brown (July 5, 2001)
Correspondence from Carl Walker, Jr. to Dr. Janie West Cotton (September 1, 1976)
Correspondence from Judge Carl Walker, Jr. to Ms Dottie Malone Atkins (May 3, 2001) original and copy
Recommendations to Pastor and Deacon Board of Fifth Ward Baptist Church (December 28, 1962)
Termination Letter from Carl Walker, Jr. to Reverend William E. Jones (March 2, 1994)
Correspondence from Carl Walker, Jr. to Dr. Curtis W. Tarr (November 6, 1970)
Correspondence from US Attorney Woodrow Seals to Mr. Alex Dickey regarding Carl Walker (August 13, 1964)
Correspondence from Carl Walker, Jr. to Mr. Joseph T. Johnson (May 1, 1964)
Correspondence from Carl Walker, Jr. to the Honorable Harold B. Saunders, Jr. (May 5, 1967)
Correspondence from Carl Walker, Jr. to Mr. John Allen (June 29, 1965)
Correspondence from John H. Kern, III to Mr. Morton L. Susman regarding Carl Walker (November 23, 1966)

Box File
1 4 Correspondence to Carl Walker, Jr.
Handwritten note on London Hilton Stationary to Carl Walker fr4om Marian Rosen (undated)
Correspondence to Carl Walker, Jr. from William “Sonny” walker of Community Services Administration (Undated)
Correspondence to The Honorable Carl Walker, Jr. from Mr. Jack Thompson regarding Statement of Office (December 12, 1990)
Correspondence to Judge Walker from Secretary of State Myra A, McDaniel (January 19, 1987)
Correspondence to Judge Walker from Secretary of State George S. Bayoud, (January 10, 1991
Correspondence to Judge Walker from Houston Council Member Michael J. Yarborough (Undated)
Correspondence to Carl Walker from Bill Blanton (August 26, 1967)
Correspondence to Judge Carl Walker from Secretary of State George S. Bayoud, Jr. (November 27, 1990)
Correspondence to Judge Walker from Olen Underwood (June 1, 2000)

Box File
1 5 Newsclippings
Carl Walker Throws Hat into Ring, Houston Forward Times, 1986
Clay Guilty, Get’s 5 Years and $10,000.00 fine, International Herald Tribune, 1967
Walker Keeps Trials in His Court Room Moving at a Fast Pace, Houston Post, 1988
First Year Judge Earns Respect in Courtroom, Houston Post, (Undated)—original and copy

Box File
1 6 Military Discharge
Honorable discharge papers of Carl Walker, 1946

Box File
1 7 Oath of Office
The State of Texas—Statement of Judicial Officer, 1999
The State of Texas—Oath of Office, 1999
The State of Texas—Statement of Appointed Officer, 2000, 2 Copies
The State of Texas—Oath of Office, 2000
Filing Requirements for Qualification of Office (Undated)
Instructions on Filing Signed Statement by Elected Officer

Box File
1 8 Photographs
MSS 0025.001—Leroy Grayson (n.d.)
MSS 0025.002—3 unidentified men at a reception (n.d.)
MSS 0025.003—Antoinette Smith and sons (July, 1982)
MSS 0025.004—Francis Williams (n.d.)
MSS 0025.005—Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee (n.d.)
MSS 0025.006—St. Patrick’s Day Parade (1986)
MSS 0025.007—Parking lot Scene During Walker Campaign (n.d.)
MSS 0025.008—Carl Walker Shaking Hands (n.d.)
MSS 0025.009—Living Room Scene with Band (n.d.)
MSS 0025.010—Four unidentified individuals (n.d.)
MSS 0025.011—Unidentified man in glasses (n.d.)
MSS 0025.012—Judge Carl Walker, Jr. in Stetson and boots (n.d.)
MSS 0025.013—Judge Carl Walker, Jr. with attorney Shelton Sparks (n.d.)
MSS 0025.014--Reverand E. Fair, Sister G. Davis and Davis Trio (n.d.)

Box File
1 9 Photographs
MSS 0025.015—Carl Walker, Jr. Mrs. Tom Bradley, Janice Walker, Mayor Tom Bradley (n.d.)
MSS 0025.016—Ernest McGowen (n.d.)
MSS 0025.017—Carl Walker, Jr. at campaign function (n.d.)
MSS 0025.018—Carl Walker, Jr. and campaign workers (n.d.)
MSS 0025.019—Carl Walker in parade car (n.d.)
MSS 0025.020—Senior US Distract Judge Woodrow Seals (n.d.)
MSS 0025.021—Fundraiser for Carl Walker campaign (n.d.)
MSS 0025.022—Carl Walker, Jr. and Zollie Seals, Sr. (n.d.)
MSS 0025.023—Campaign Worker for Carl Walker, Jr. (n.d.)
MSS 0025.024—Mrs. Woodley during campaign (n.d.)
MSS 0025.025—Carl Walker, Jr. with Campaign staff (n.d.)
MSS 0025.026—Gladys Meeks during campaign (n.d.)
MSS 0025.027—Michael Yarbrough (n.d.)
MSS 0025.028—Carl Walker, Jr. Campaigning (n.d.)
MSS 0025.029—Carl Walker standing in campaign-hand over mouth (n.d.)
MSS 0025.030—Dr. John Lawson (?) speaking at Hotel Meridien (n.d.)

Box File
1 10 Photographs
MSS 0025.031—Four Unidentified men at campaign cocktails (n.d.)
MSS 0025.032—Carl Walker with group in living room (n.d.)
MSS 0025.033—Dr. John Lawson with wife (?) (n.d.)
MSS 0025.034—Unidentified group photo (n.d.)
MSS 0025.035—Campaign Staff member (n.d.)
MSS 0025.036—Janice Walker smiling with head turned to side (n.d.)
MSS 0025.037—Janice Walker seated and smiling (n.d.)
MSS 0025.038—Carl Walker and Janice Walker (n.d.)
MSS 0025.039—Woman in white dress near stairwell (n.d.)
MSS 0025.040—Unidentified group in living room/child in lap (n.d.)
MSS 0025.041—Unidentified group Christmas Photo (n.d.)
MSS 0025.042—Imperial Grand Council and Supreme Grand Court Meeting (n.d.)
MSS 0025.043— Imperial Grand Council and Supreme Grand Court Meeting (n.d.)
MSS 0025.044—Campaign Worker assisting man in campaign office (n.d.)
MSS 0025.045—Janice Walker in white dress conversing (n.d.)
MSS 0025.046—Living Room Scene with Children (n.d.)
MSS 0025.047—Carl Walker surrounded by People in Living Room (n.d.)
MSS 0025.048—Campaign event—people lounging and standing in living room (n.d.)
MSS 0025.049—Campaign event in living room (n.d.)
MSS 0025.050—Living Room Scene (n.d.)
MSS 0025.051—Unidentified campaign worker (n.d.)

Box File
1 11 Jury Instructions
Jury Orientation Talk (n.d.)

Box File
1 12 Marriage Ceremony
Marriage Ceremony Instructions (n.d.)
Wedding Program of Vickie M. Chestang and Ralph A. Wiseman (March 27, 1999)

Box File
1 13 Speeches
Value of Vision in the New Millennium delivered at Aleppa Temple No 233 and Isadora Court No. 2 (n.d.)
Address to the Imperial Grand Council and Supreme Grand Court (August 7, 1995
Vision in View in “92 and Keeping the Dream Alive (1992)
Outline to “Men with Vision” speech by Carl Walker, Jr. (n.d.)
Continuing to Celebrate the Dream into the New Millennium (July 4, 1998)
Address to the Imperial Grand Council and Supreme Grand Court (August 12, 1985)
Biennial Address of the Imperial Grand Potentate (August 10, 1981)
The Dream is Alive in ’95 (July 1, 1995)—one edited and one unedited copy
Lighting the Path into the New Millennium (August 23, 1999)—one edited and one unedited copy
To Become who we have already been but have never yet dared to be (1993)
Address to the Imperial Grand Council and Supreme Grand Court (August 5, 1991)
Part of a Speech delivered by Carl Walker (August 7, 1995)
Handwritten Note Underscoring 3 Points –part of Speech delivered (n.d.)
Address to the Imperial Court and Supreme Grand Court (August 10, (1987)
Closing Poem and salutation delivered as part of a speech (May 26, 1994)
“Patriotic Minority” Poem by M. H. Nelson (1990)

Box File
1 14 Awards and Certificates
Resolution-Ahimon Independent Supreme Council (n.d.)
State of Texas House of Representatives—Certificate of Citation (1981)
Resolution—Aleppo Temple #233 A.A.O.N.M.S. (n.d.)
Certificate of Appreciation—King David Lodge No. 2500 (2001)
Certificate of Appreciation—The National Children’s Cancer Society (2001)
Certificate of Appreciation—Vision 2000 (2001)
Certificate of Appreciation—Lou Rawls Parade of Stars (1985)
Certificate of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys, Inc. (1994)
Citizenship Award from MacArthur Elementary (1994)
Certificate of Recognition—Texas Southern University (1982)
Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (1980)
Certificate of Membership—National Bar Association (1984)Certificate of Appreciation of Voluntary Service—Texas Southern University (1983)
Distinguished Service Award—National Council of Negro Women (1972)
Certification of American Judges Association (n.d.)
Certificate of Appreciation-Atherton Elementary School (1991)
Honors Reception—Houston Business and Professional Men’s Club (1994)
Certificate of Membership—Joint Center for Political Studies (n.d.)
Certificate of Recognition—Old Timers Get Together (1986)
Certificate of Special Recognition—Judge Betty Brock Bell (1992)
Certificate of Appreciation—Senator Rodney Ellis (1992)
Congratulations—City of Houston (1992)
Certificate of Award—YMCA (1988)
Certificate of National Judicial College (1991)
Certificate—Texas Association for Court Administration (n.d.)
Certificate of Appreciation—Arabia Temple (1990)
State of Texas Commission as Judge of 185th Judicial District (1991)
Certificate of Appreciation—Texas Southern University—Homecoming ’85 (1985)
Certificate of Appreciation—Alfred J. Calloway (1994)
Certificate of Congratulations—State f Texas House of Representatives (1994)
Harris County Sheriff’s Association (1989)
Certificate by State of Texas on Carl Walker, Jr. was July elected District Judge, 185th Judicial District (1990)

Box File
2 1 Oversized Items
Reelect Judge Carl Walker, Jr. Cap (n.d.)
State of Texas Resolution in honor of Carl Walker, Jr. (1981)
State of Texas Commission as Judge of 185th Judicial District of Texas (1987)
Certificate of Texas Trial Lawyers Association (n.d.)
Attorney General Certificate of Award (1981)
Gulf Coast Combined Federal Campaign-Achievement Award (1980)
Community Service Administration Award (1981)
Supreme General Grand Chapter Royal Arch’s Certificate (1978)