Voorhees kicks off annual Black History Month Speaker Series with Jimmie Walker

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Voorhees kicks off annual Black History Month Speaker Series with Jimmie Walker

January 30, 2020

Voorhees College will kick off Black History Month with actor, writer, and comedian James “Jimmie” Walker during the opening speaker series assembly on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. in Massachusetts Hall. 

Walker is best known for portraying James “J.J” Evans Jr., the oldest son of Florida and James Evans Sr. on the CBS television series “Good Times,” which initially ran from 1974–1979. 

He was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards’ Best Supporting Actor in a television series in 1975 and 1976 for his role. While on the show, Walker’s character was known for the catchphrase “Dy-no-mite!” 

Walker was raised in the South Bronx, N.Y. and he went to Dewitt Clinton and Theodore Roosevelt High School. He first achieved success as a stand-up comedian working in Harlem with The Last Poets and The Black Panthers in the late 1960s and early 1970s 

Although the demands of being on a hit television show and starring in movies such as “Let's Do It Again” with Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier took up most of his time, Walker said he never lost his love for performing stand-up comedy. He was named Time Magazine's “Comedian of The Decade” for the 1970s. 

His keen eye for talent also led him to employ such young writers such as David Letterman, Jay Leno, Byron Allen, Louie Anderson, Robert Schimmel, Ralphie May, Richard Jeni, and many others to work on his writing staff over the years. 

After the successful historical run of “Good Times” ended, Walker continued to stay in the limelight as seen by his countless appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” “Merv Griffin,” and “The Mike Douglas Show.” 

He also kept his acting skills sharp with guest appearances on “Everybody Hates Chris,” “The George Lopez Show,” and “Scrubs” and classic movies “Airplane” and “Let's Do It Again.” Walker has also found time to write a New York Times best-selling book, two Grammy-nominated comedy albums, and film an up-coming stand-up special. 

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at 803-780-1191 or at communications@voorhees.edu. 

James “Jimmie” Walker