PEPeace Secretary James Van Pelt writes:
One of the best things PEP ever did (among many) was to award the Gandhi Peace Award to Lucius Walker. I had the honor of being his escort during his time in New Haven accepting the award, and accompanied him on two of the Friendshipment delegations. He was truly a saintly person, and literally radiated goodness.
One could be certain that supporting the Cuban revolution must be a good thing given that he so strongly and effectively supported it. In his 80th year, he was still working for peace between the US and Cuba. We quoted him for the slogan embossed on the caps PEP distributed in Cuba as part of the Friendshipment: “Cuba Needs Us — The World Needs Cuba.” This was no mere hyperbole. In a host of ways, Cuba has already gone a long way toward solving the problems that face the rest of the world in this century, pioneering the widespread use of organic agriculture on a mass scale and in many other ways, and the world needs to tune into that. Lucius Walker saw that while others were predicting the Revolution’s imminent demise.
THE irony of the blow has shaken us all: when the threat of nuclear war hovers over our heads, one of the irreplaceable men of peace has left us, after 80 years of sincere example. The death has taken place of Lucius Walker, the U.S. reverend who, close to 20 years ago, took up an uncompromising struggle against the obstinate and cruel policy of his country’s government in relation to Cuba.
Armed with faith and resistance, anchored to noble causes and social justice, Lucius arrived in this country in spite of the detentions and blows from those who have always feared Cuban realities being revealed and divulged.
Prior to that, he left his mark of solidarity on liberation movements in Africa, on support missions to patriots in Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Angola… Then in Central America, particularly in El Salvador and Nicaragua. This last destination, as he said on many occasions, inspired the emergence of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO)/Pastors for Peace.
Read more of the tribute to Walker from Cuba’s Granma Internacional: We do not want to think of a world without Lucius Walker | granma.cu