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About

A Committed Memphian

Born and raised in Memphis, Pearl has resided in South Memphis and Whitehaven for most of her life. She attended Fairley High School and then went on to attend the University of Memphis, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in African American Studies, with an emphasis in Race Relations and Interracial Communications.

Pearl’s love for Memphis and the Whitehaven community lead her to create the I Love Whitehaven Neighborhood Association. By highlighting the neighborhood’s historical significance and overall value to the city, the I Love Whitehaven Neighborhood Association has restored a sense of pride in the community. Signature events the association hosts annually includes the I Love Whitehaven Weekend, Whitehaven Black Restaurant Week as well as the I Love Whitehaven Community Tour for the Leadership Memphis Executive Class.

Pearl currently resides in Whitehaven with her son, Nyne Ether Walker.

Pioneer in the Haircare Community

Pearl is a licensed cosmetologist and instructor with over 30 years of experience.

As a beauty industry educator, Pearl is a recurring presenter at a number of hair care conferences and events, including Bronner Brothers, PBC, INC Cosmetology and Barbering Instructors Seminar, Natural Hair Fest and the Midwest Mind Body and Beauty Expo.

In April of 2008, Governor Phil Bredesen appointed Pearl to the Tennessee State Cosmetology Board, making her the first natural hair stylist to serve on the board in state history. In December 2012, Governor Bill Haslam reappointed her to the board for a second term.

Community Activist

As a community activist passionate about workforce development, crime and poverty prevention and energy equity, Pearl has worked with numerous organizations throughout the city, including:

Alliance for Southern Equity 

Community Lift

Greater Whitehaven Economic Development Foundation

Fairley High Alumni Association

Inward Journey

Ranked Choice Voting

Leadership Memphis 

MATA Bus Riders

Memphis Black Healers Collaborative

Memphis Chamber of Commerce

Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens

NAACP 

National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in American

Rotary Club of Memphis Whitehaven South

Mid-South Kwanzaa

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy 

UptheVote901 

Mid-South Community Forum

Emerge TN

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