Overcoming Obstacles with Carolyn Walker

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Join Dr. Vernet  A. Joseph as he talks with Carolyn Walker about overcoming obstacles. Carolyn Walker is a native Arizonan the youngest of six children born to Clyde and Lenora Jones.

Carolyn Walker worked her way up from a Mail Room clerk to become one of only two African American females to be promoted into Marketing Management at Mountain Bell Telephone Company in 1976.

 In 1982 Carolyn Walker became only the second African American female in Arizona’s history to be elected to the Arizona State House of Representatives.  During the time she served in the State House she sponsored and passed legislation to fund the Sickle Cell Anemia Council.  She also fought for and won legislation to establish a Small Business Oversight Commission.

 In 1986 Carolyn was elected to the Arizona State Senate, she was the first African American female in the state’s history to be seated in the Arizona State Senate.

She sponsored and passed legislation to protect a woman against: Spousal Rape, no means no even if it is your husband.  Women are not chattel property.

Ms. Walker was the Arizona State Senate’s leading proponent for the state to pass the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday.

On April 4, 1988 Carolyn Walker became the 20th vote in the Historic Governor Evan Mechan Impeachment trial.  Her vote was ironically the vote that would remove Governor Mechan from office. April 4, 1988 was the twentieth anniversary of Dr. King’s death.  Evan Mechan is the governor who repealed the first state King Holiday proclaimed by Governor Bruce Babbitt via executive order.

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