Walker Honored As First Republican Speaker at North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Banquet in 32-Year History
DURHAM, N.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) on Friday delivered the keynote address at the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation’s 2018 Wainwright Annual Scholarship Banquet benefiting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in North Carolina. Walker was the first Republican in the 32-year history of the banquet to be invited to speak. The banquet took place at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham.
In the address, Walker discussed his background, why he ran for Congress, the importance of establishing strong relationships before enacting policies, and his focus of not just making an argument, but making a difference.
"Anybody can make an argument, but to me the true heroes, the true leaders, they make a difference," Walker said. "Whether you’re conservative or whether you’re considered progressive, it’s got to come from your heart."
"Republicans like to talk about welfare reform…but to have credibility, we have got to be talking more about criminal justice reform as well," Walker added. "If we truly believe that these are systemic problems with the family, then we need to address all the needs of the family."
Walker was introduced by Chancellor Elwood Robinson of Winston-Salem State University, who noted that Walker comes from a "HBCU household" as Walker's wife Kelly has earned two degrees from Robinson's university.
Watch the full introduction and speech by Walker here:
The banquet was attended by almost 500 members and supporters of the NCLBCF, as well as students from HBCUs in North Carolina.
Following Walker's speech, he was presented with this award "in appreciation for all [his] support to NC HBCUs."