Harlem church has ties to Selma, Civil Rights Movement

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HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11)-- Hundreds come to the Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem every Sunday to be inspired.

But the church's reach extends far beyond these walls--from Harlem's 116th street just outside the church, all the way to Selma Alabama.

Wyatt T. Walker Jr., known to friends and colleagues as "J," worked in the church's audio booth since the age of twelve. His father, once the church's pastor, also served as Chief of Staff for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As pastor,

Dr. Walker cleaned up the neighborhood, including 116th street, once a haven for drug dealers and prostitutes, but as Dr. King's lead strategist, he helped lead the civil rights movement.