1998 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Representatives Green (72nd), Banks, Bozeman, Clarke, Coleman (65th), Evans, Middleton, Robinson (63rd), Wallace, Flaggs

House Concurrent Resolution 70

(As Adopted by House and Senate)


WHEREAS, Mr. Leroy Walker, Jr., a local business owner, is one of Jackson's most outstanding businessmen who successfully owns ten McDonald franchises; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Walker served as the 1998 Chairman of the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce, and is the second Afro-American to do so; and

WHEREAS, after Mr. Walker received his bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University, he pursued his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois; and

WHEREAS, for 12 years, Mr. Walker taught both junior high and high school, along with coaching football for five years in the Illinois School System; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Walker sought to make his dream come true of owning his own business by exploring opportunities in the McDonald's franchises; and

WHEREAS, within a year of receiving his first franchise in Omaha, Nebraska, Mr. Walker became president of the Co-Op which regulated 50 stores and received his second franchise in 1987; and

WHEREAS, following Mr. Walker's opportunity to acquire five franchises in Jackson, Mississippi, in March of 1989, he became the President-elect of the Mid-Mississippi Co-Op, which governed 28 stores; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Walker actively serves in leadership roles on several local boards including West Jackson YMCA, 100 Black Men of America, Tougaloo College, Jackson 2000, Private Industry Council, Ronald McDonald House and Trustmark National Bank; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Walker unselfishly contributes both time and finances to numerous organizations and worthwhile causes; and

WHEREAS, the Legislature of the State of Mississippi believes that it is most appropriate to pay special tribute to such a remarkable businessman and philanthropist as Mr. Leroy Walker, Jr., a great pride to the City of Jackson, for his contributions and service to the people in the Jackson area:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN, That we do hereby commend Mr. Leroy Walker, Jr., an example of a dreamer, who turned his dreams into reality by working hard and taking advantage of every opportunity he was presented and extend our best of wishes to him in all his future endeavors.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to Mr. Leroy Walker, Jr., and the Capitol Press Corps.