Michael Carter, National President of The National Black Wall Street District-USA; on behalf of all the chapters, affiliates, and supporters of the national campaign to build Black business, cultural and Black jobs districts in majority Black communities across the country in the spirit of the original Black Wall Street District of Tulsa Oklahoma public extends the deepest of sympathies to the family of gospel music legend Albertina Walker who died early this morning in Chicago.
The National Black Wall Street-USA through its local Black Wall Street-Chicago chapter was pleased to work with Walker in her role as Board member of The Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum and her dream to see a physical facility found in Chicago to be a new tourist attraction as well as learning institution for generations to come on the past, current, and future impact of the legacy of gospel music, including Albertina Walker and The Caravans. While there will be millions of fans of Albertina Walker who of course will mourn her death and celebrate the significance of her music, life and legacy, The National Black Wall Street-USA will remain committed to Albertina Walker by continuing our work in fulfilling her dream in Chicago in opening a physical home for The Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum in a Black Wall Street District. Helping to fulfill that part of Albertina Walker's legacy is a natural part of the commitment of Black Wall Street-USA in building Black business and cultural institutions in majority Black communities.
Albertina Walker's legacy included her investment in future generations through her foundation, and she was actively working as a Board member of The Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum, which has now found a temporary location in the historic Bronzeville community at 4100-08 South King Drive thanks to The Rev. Dr. Leon Finney, Jr. We extend our sympathies to Rev. Dr. Stanley Keeble, founder and President of The Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum, the Board members and supporters who worked with Albertina Walker on this historic project and The National Black Wall Street-USA also want them to know that we continue to look forward to working with them too in fulfilling one of Albertina Walkers last projects of opening a physical home for The Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum. Lets not just mourn her loss, but do something to help fulfill her legacy, so while she was alive Walker worked on this museum project and her millions of supporters now have the ability to pick up where Walker left off and make her museum project a reality in Chicago, where her mentor Mahalia Jackson, her friends Thomas Dorsey, Rev. James Cleveland, The Caravans and others will be forever remembered.
On behalf of The National Black Wall Street-USA, God bless the life and legacy of Albertina Walker, The Queen of Gospel Music. (Michael Carter, National President) www.blackwallstreetdistrict.com