701 Oglethorpe Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 726-1862

The Bishop John Thomas Walker

The first African-American bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Washington, D.C., John T. Walker used his ministry to work tirelessly for social justice. He championed the rights of the poor and marginalized, and spoke out forcefully against South Africa’s apartheid regime. After his death following heart surgery in 1989, Walker was remembered in the Washington Post as a “powerful and effective force for change in his church and in this city.”

Our Vision

To be a renowned educational and learning facility for all peoples, and a focal point for human relationships in the spirit of, and in tribute to, the vision and ministry of the late Bishop John Thomas Walker.

The Bishop John T. Walker National Learning Center

The goal of the Bishop John T. Walker National Learning Center (Walker Center) is to support the surrounding community and others who might affiliate with the Walker Center, wherever they may live, in strengthening themselves academically, economically, spiritually and socially. The lower level includes a large fellowship hall and kitchen. The upper level includes a conference room; a library; four classrooms; a media center; and two offices.

The Walker Center hosts various international group functions that provide educational presentations and the sharing of music, dancing, and other cultural activities. It is a rental venue for workshops, conferences, college preparatory classes, classes on etiquette and preparation for the job market, as well as for birthday parties, baby showers, graduations, and anniversary receptions.

The Walker National Learning Center may be the right space for your next event. Please do not hesitate to contact us (202-726-1862) for further rental information.