Hershel Walker (1909-1990) was an African-American civil rights leader and trade unionist in St. Louis, Missouri. He joined the Young Communist League in 1930 and later became a lifelong member of the CPUSA. Walker was an activist that fought against racial discrimination in the workplace. He specifically protested against racist hiring policies that disenfranchised black workers at the Wagner Electric Company, among other corporations. Walker was tragically killed in a car accident on his way to deliver petitions to save jobs at a Chrysler Plant.