The City of Longview Partners in Prevention’s Unity and Diversity Committee has announced Mrs. Dorothy Walker and Reverend JD Palmer as the 2016 Unity Honors Recipients. The Unity Honors is a life time achievement award that pays homage to individuals in the community who have demonstrated leadership in the promotion of harmony, understanding, and social justice.
Mrs. Dorothy Walker was born and raised in Longview, Texas, and attended Northside Elementary School. She graduated from Longview Colored High School in 1955 and continued her education by completing multiple courses at Kilgore College, East Texas State University, and University of Texas at Tyler. Mrs. Dorothy was married to the late Ben Walker for 49 years and they have seven children, five girls, 2 boys. Mrs. Walker retired from the Gregg County Health Department in 2011 after a total of 37 years. She dedicated many years of service to the NAACP Longview Chapter; the Unity and Diversity Committee, formally known as Race Relations Committee; the Rainbow Room with Child Protective Services and most recently with the Area Agency on Aging. She is a very active member at Harrison Street Church of Christ and was named a Star Over Longview in 2010.
Reverend JD Palmer was born and raised in the Gilmer area and graduated from Frederick Douglas High School in Pittsburg,Texas before Texas schools were integrated. He studied general education at East Texas Baptist University and later attended BME Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, TX. He has been married to Annie Ruth Johnson Palmer for 55 years and they are proud parents of four children, eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He moved his family to Longview, Texas in 1974 and later became very active with Adopt-A-School; the Race Relations Committee; and Bridges, an initiative to unite churches congregations across Longview for a day of worship of racial segregation. He has served as pastor of Golden Hill Baptist Church in Hallsviille and Macedonia Baptist Church in Marshall, Texas. He is currently in his 26th year of pastorship at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Longview, TX.
The Unity Honors Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Maude Cobb Convention Center located at 100 Grande Blvd., Longview, TX. Tickets will go on sale December 1 for $15 and can be purchased at Partners in Prevention, 140 E. Tyler St, #400; Broughton Recreation Center, 801 MLK Blvd.; Barron’s Bookstore, 405 W. Loop 281, Longview ISD Administration Office, 1301 E. Young St; and Longview Public Library, 222 W. Cotton St. No tickets will be available on the day of the luncheon. Lunch will be catered by Tyler Street Bistro.
The Unity and Diversity Committee (formerly known as Race Relations) was established in 1995 and is sponsored by the City of Longview Partners in Prevention. For more information please call the Partners in Prevention office at 903-237-1019 or visit www.longviewtexas.gov.