President Obama Appoints Noted LGBT Advocate to White House Advisory Board on HBCUs

President Barack Obama earlier this month appointed noted LGBT advocate and Morehouse alumnus Reverend George B. Walker, Jr. to the White House Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Rev. Walker’s appointment was lauded by the National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and key partner in an upcoming White House policy briefing for LGBT campus leaders at HBCUs.

“We’re thrilled that our President is such an inclusive one,” says Sharon Lettman-Hicks, NBJC executive director. “And we hope that others will recognize that LGBT leadership is needed at the table to adequately address the issues we as Black people face.”

Rev. Walker is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Victory Institute (“Victory”), a position he has held since October 2011. From 2008 to 2011, Reverend Walker was the Vice President of Leadership Initiatives at Victory.

Rev. Walker joins the board with fellow appointee and corporate business veteran Milton Irvin.