Black History Month: Remembering a Top Aide of Martin Luther King Jr.

Wyatt Tee Walker, who died January 23 at age 88, stood beside Martin Luther King Jr., literally — at protests and marches for racial equality — and figuratively, as the driving organizational force of King’s civil rights work.

Walker played a pivotal role in ensuring the world saw King’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” one of the civil rights era’s defining documents, which lays out King’s eloquent defense of nonviolent protest against racial segregation.