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2018-01-31 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

BY RICH GRISET STAFF WRITER

Civil rights icon Wyatt Tee Walker dies

Wyatt Tee Walker, an iconic civil rights leader and chief of staff to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., passed away at the age of 88 last week in Chester.

Walker helped form the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a civil rights organization at the forefront of the 1960s civil rights movement. Walker eventually became SCLC’s first full-time director, and was the strategist of “Project C,” a plan of boycotts and demonstrations that is now regarded as the blueprint for the movement in the South.

Later, Walker was involved in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement and helped oversee the election that saw Nelson Mandela become president. In 2004, Walker retired from being senior pastor of the influential Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem, a title he’d held since 1967. He returned to Virginia, where he’d previously served as pastor at Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg and served as president of the city’s branch of the NAACP.

“Through his influencing of Dr. King, I think the movement became stronger,” says L.C. McCoy Jr., president of the Chesterfield branch of the NAACP. “The opportunities I had to hear him speak, I would learn and be amazed.”

Military ordnance found, disposed of

County police have collected and disposed of an unexploded piece of World War II military ordinance.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 26, police responded to the 12000 block of Escada Drive to collect the ordnance. The weaponry was collected by a U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal soldier with the assistance of Virginia State Police. After a brief evacuation of the surrounding community, the ordnance was collected and disposed of without incident.

Woman killed by falling tree in Bon Air

A Chesterfield woman died last week after being struck by a falling tree.

On the morning of Jan. 23, Susan E. Darnell, 38, of the 8400 block of Bayfield Drive, was standing in her driveway when she was struck. She was transported to an area hospital, where she later died as a result of her injuries.

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