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 2014 Commencement Honoree

Rev. Liz WalkerRev. Liz Walker
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Commencement Address

Pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian Church

For more than 20 years, Liz Walker was an award-winning television journalist in Boston. At the height of her career, she embarked on a new path and was recently installed as Pastor of the Roxbury Presbyterian Church.

As a journalist and documentarian, she traveled to Sudan in 2001 on a fact-finding mission on the slave trade. She was so outraged by the human rights atrocities that she co-founded My Sister’s Keeper, a grassroots initiative that advocates for women and children who are trying to rebuild their country and their lives. She is also the co-founder of the Jane Doe Safety Fund, an advocacy group for survivors of domestic violence.

Ordained first as a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal tradition and most recently in the Presbyterian Church, Reverend Walker is a 2005 graduate of Harvard Divinity School. In addition to her role as pastor of the Roxbury Church, Rev. Walker serves as director of the Social Impact Center, whose mission is to create educational and economic development programs to strengthen the Roxbury community.

Rev. Walker was awarded the 2013 Crime Fighter of the Year award by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino at the City’s National Night Out–a celebration of partnerships among the community, youth, police, city agencies and community-based organizations. Rev. Walker was honored for her work with young people and her role as spokeswoman for at-risk youth.

Liz Walker is the recipient of two Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award and special recognition from the prestigious Gabriel Awards for her on-air and documentary work.