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Walker Receives Praise for Success in Minority Outreach and Bridging Divides

August 27, 2019
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“He’s willing to stand there and try to explain, give a good answer to tough questions. That’s what the African American community likes about him.”

This week, Congressman Mark Walker was featured in a story in The Charlotte Observer about his work to bridge traditional political and cultural divides and value and advocate for every constituent he serves in North Carolina.

 

“Walker, in his third term in the U.S. House representing a Greensboro-area district and now a member of Republican leadership, wants more of his Republican colleagues to engage in similar ways with communities of color,” the article said.

 

“He’s willing to stand there and try to explain, give a good answer to tough questions,” Rev. Odell Cleveland of Greensboro’s Mt. Zion Baptist Church said. “That’s what the African American community likes about him. To expose himself to questions that are not kind to him and answer. That’s the true measure of a man.”

 

Former Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), the first black female Republican elected to Congress, offered acclaim for Walker’s outreach efforts. 

 

“If not Mark, then who? Who else is going to be there?” Love said. “I’ve seen him take on some of these issues and be a little bit more outspoken. I really wish the rest of the GOP would do what he is doing.”

 

Walker called for more of his Republican colleagues to leave the politics at home and to start building genuine relationships with communities of color.  He added that "Republican policies on the economy, criminal justice reform and opportunity zones, which provide tax incentives for investment in or near low-income areas, have benefited minority communities, including African Americans who have historically low unemployment rates."

 

Read the full story here.