As a graduate student in sociology at the University in the mid-1930s, Arnold Walker served as a founder and president of the campus Negro Student Council. He and other students led the effort to end segregation in campus housing. After his graduation in 1937, Walker moved to St. Louis, to Cincinnati, and then Cleveland, where he was an active leader within these cities’ chapters of the Urban League. Walker served as the Executive Director of the Cleveland Urban League from 1945–59, where his efforts to secure suitable housing for African Americans continued.
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