Faith Elizabeth (“Liza”) Walker Mickens is the great-great granddaughter of Maggie L Walker. She has been a family spokesperson speaking about Mrs. Walker’s history and legacy since she was 5 years old.
She is currently a junior Communications/Public Relations major at James Madison University studying abroad at JMU’s London campus. While there she is doing an internship at a Fashion Public Relations company, something she hopes to peruse upon graduation. Last summer, Liza interned at NBC 12 and CW Richmond. She also serves as a Student Ambassador at James Madison University prompting the school by working with the Admissions Department by giving tours to prospective students and participating in various activities to promote the school.
Liza participated in the long process of determining the type of public art Richmond, Virginia, would select to honor her great-great grandmother by telling Mrs. Walker’s story at three community forums over the course of several months. The Mayor’s Art Selection Committee thought it very important to involve the community in the process. At the unveiling of the statue, Liza was given the honor of being the family’s spokesperson in the unveiling ceremony and helped the Mayor and the artist, Toby Mendez, to reveal the statue.
Liza recognizes the importance of public art being not only something to beautify the community but to also tell an inclusive history and being a unifying element.