Arkansas Business' 25 Minority Trailblazers (25th Anniversary)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 23, 2009 12:00 am  

Charles Stewart, executive vice president at Regions Bank

Before joining Alltel, Tate worked as vice president of the Arkansas distribution operations at Arkla Inc. Before that, Tate was co-owner of Fletcher-Tate Ford in North Little Rock until the dealership was sold in 2002.

Tate has served in many roles on many boards, including president of the Greater Little Rock chapter of 100 Black Men of America, chairman of the board of trustees of Philander Smith College and a board member of Southern Bank Development Corp. and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Reynolds Institute on Aging.

25. John W. Walker
In 1954, the University of Texas admitted John Walker and five other freshmen. But when he arrived to enroll in classes, he learned he had been "de-admitted" while the university awaited the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case.

Walker sued UT but eventually lost interest in enrolling there. However, he never lost interest in the fight for civil liberties, including representing black students in the desegregation case against the three school districts in Pulaski County.

Walker spearheaded several other prominent cases involving housing desegregation and civil rights in the National Guard and the workplace.

Throughout his legal career, Walker has received multiple awards from the National Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He has been appointed to the Constitutional Revision Study Commission and serves on the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.

He still practices at John W. Walker PA in Little Rock.

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