Angela Wilson Walker's heart for children shows through nonprofit organization (Influential people)

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Angela Wilson Walker (Contributed photo)

Name: Angela Wilson Walker

Age: 56

Occupation: retired school teacher

Family: One biological son and two recently adopted sons

Residence: Lives in Huntsville

Civic duties: Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce member, Chamber Ambassador, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, North Alabama African American Chamber, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, INC.

Angela Wilson Walker is the founder of Huntsville Community Drumline, and the owner of Huntsville Drumline. Huntsville Community Drumline is a nonprofit organization that is free to kids in first through ninth grades. The organization offers students percussion and music reading instruction, and instrument use, year-round. The drumline travels and performs at events all across north Alabama.

"I do this because I have a heart for children and I'm passionate about them being successful, regardless of their economic status," she said.

As a 30-year educator, Walker said she saw the importance of a fun, non-academic program for students. "I love for students to be given the opportunity to thrive."

Favorite Quote - "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men" -Frederick Douglass

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? "I would want superpower hearing. I would like to hear what people say about me behind closed doors. I want to make sure that the image that I think I exhibit is what people really see."

Best advice you ever got? "When I was about to give birth to my son, my co-worker Diana Woods told me to check my dignity at the door of the delivery room. If she hadn't had told me that, I wouldn't have been prepared at all."

Most important thing your parents ever taught you? "My mom always told me: Don't wait until people are gone before you say kind words about them and do nice things for them. Give them their flowers while they are living."

What is your guilty pleasure? "Eating. I love to eat."