Josetta Oates Walker was born in Barton, Alabama, attending a Rosenwald elementary school and Cherokee High School. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Tuskegee University in 1966 and joined her husband, Louis, in Marietta, Georgia. Mrs. Walker taught in a variety of schools in Cobb County and City of Marietta schools. She received an Education Specialist degree from the University of West Georgia. In 1988 she was made an Assistant Principal of Marietta High School and was the first female African American administrator in the City of Marietta school system. Louis C. Walker was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up in Livingston, Alabama. He attended Sumter County Training School and graduated from Tuskegee University in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in Trade and Industrial Education. Mr. Walker accepted a position with Lemon Street High School in 1965, teaching for one year. In 1966 he was one of three African American teachers who were selected to transfer to Marietta High School in advance of the integration of the school system. Mr. Walker taught Industrial Arts at Marietta High School from 1966 to 1971. He later served as the Coordinator for Vocational Academic Education and later for the Diversified Cooperative Training program. Mr. Walker received a Master's degree in Trade and Industrial Education from the University of Georgia in 1973. Both Josetta and Louis are longtime members of Zion Baptist Church in Marietta.
Interview with Louis C. Walker and Interview with Josetta O. Walker transcript, 2009-10-14 and 2009-11-11, Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights series, 2009-2010, Kennesaw State University Oral History Project, 1973- , KSU/45/05/001, Kennesaw State University Archives.
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