Council at-Large Candidates
Raised in the City of Newark as one of twelve children, educated in the Newark Public Schools and graduated from West Side High School, where she enjoyed and excelled in academics and extra curricular activities. She also attended Essex County College and Kean University.
Bessie is a devoted member of Metropolitan Baptist Church Former member of Bethany Baptist Church, Former First Vice President of National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Newark Section, Former President of National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Former Member of National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., and League of Women Voters. Bessie is one of the initial founders of the “Do Something Program”, Project Pride Annual Football Game and other organizations.
Since 1993, Bessie has served the public through her employment as Director of the Essex County Division of Community Action. This is an indispensable social service agency which addresses the socioeconomic needs of some five hundred thousand (500,000) citizens of Essex County, including Newark. Prior to 1993, she was the Coordinator of Athletics for the Newark Public School district from 1972. In that position, she organized and founded a plethora of meaningful after-school and recreational programs, geared towards Newark’s youth, adults and senior citizens. Bessie left that position in order to serve as a Board Member on the Newark Pubic School district from 1993 to 1995. She chaired the Instructional and Parental Involvement Committees, acting as a liaison with city-wide parent-teacher organizations and community groups. She remains a staunch proponent of excellence in public education. Bessie firmly believes that “dedicated parental involvement in education is the key. The classroom is preparation for life. She believes that parents, grandparents or an extended family member that can instill the value of an education within the child as well as other values that will be beneficial to the child as an adult and future parent”.
Councilwoman Walker’s impeccable, two-term legislative record, her advocacy for people and progressive government, her integrity as a public office holder, her unwavering commitment to the City of Newark and the belief in its citizenry clearly define her energetic and intense persona. Listed below are just some of accomplishments as a legislator: