- Founder and executive director of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization
- Conceived the pro-Communist project, Pastors for Peace
- Supported Communist Cuba and visited Saddam-controlled Iraq
Reverend Lucius Walker, Jr. was born in
Roselle, New Jersey in August 1930. He graduated from Shaw University
in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1954. Four years later he received
a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School,
and in 1963 he earned an MS in Social Work from the University
of Wisconsin. As of May 1964, Walker was a
of the National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities
Committee, a Communist
Party USA front group.
In 1967 Walker
founded the Interreligious
Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO).
Two years later he received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree
from Malcolm X College in Chicago.
Walker served as Associate
General Secretary of the National
Council of Churches from 1973 through 1978, at
which time he returned to IFCO as its Executive Director. In 1984 he
became pastor of Salvation Baptist Church (in Brooklyn, New York),
which IFCO says was "dedicated to preaching the social
gospel." In 1984 Walker conceived the
project Pastors for Peace, which, according to IFCO, has organized
"humanitarian aid caravans as a way to assist the victims of
U.S. foreign policy ... [in] Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Chiapas, and Cuba."
A longtime critic of American policy
Castro's Cuba, Walker endorsed
Project USA/Cuba-InfoMed, which sought to “increase awareness about
health achievements in Cuba and the impact of U.S. policies on the
health of the Cuban people,” and “to build opposition to the U.S.
embargo” of that nation.
In 1994 Walker was an initiator
of the International Peace for Cuba Appeal (IPCA), which called for
normalized trade relations with, and an end to travel restrictions
to, Cuba. IPCA was an affiliate of the International
Action Center, which was itself a Workers
World Party front group. Other noteworthy
initiators if IPCA included CIA agent-turned-Cuban spy Philip Agee,
Chomsky, and leftist Democrat congressmen John
Conyers and Charles
At the invitation of
McKinney, Walker testified on April 13, 2000 at
the House International Relations Committee hearings on children's
rights in Cuba. Based on the "more than 40 visits to Cuba"
that Walker said he had made since 1981, he pronounced:
“I have never seen an unhealthy child in Cuba." In a November
2000 speech in Havana, Walker proclaimed:
“Long live the creative example of the Cuban Revolution! Long live
the wisdom and heartfelt concern for the poor of the world by Fidel
Hussein’s regime in Iraq, Walker made
to that country -- often accompanied by Ramsey
Clark, founder of International
ANSWER. During his tenure with IFCO, Walker
established his organization as a member of ANSWER's steering
In 2009 Walker served
as an advisory committee member for the Independent
Progressive Politics Network. That same year,
a board of directors member for Healthcare-Now.
died of a heart attack on September 7, 2010.