Wilson is a graduate of Victory Christian Academy and a former president of the East Brownsville neighborhood's advisory board. He has been a substitute teacher and volunteer assistant football coach in Birmingham schools.
Wilson was also an unsuccessful candidate for Birmingham City Council District 7 in the 2009 Birmingham City Council election. As a City Council candidate he pledged to represent District 7 and work to reduce crime and revitalize neighborhoods.
Wilson did not challenge incumbent Jay Roberson in the 2017 Birmingham municipal election, but when Roberson resigned from the Council in September 2018, he applied for the Council's appointment to complete his term. Wardine Alexander was appointed in October.
- "Birmingham City Council District 7: Walter Wilson." (August 20, 2009) The Birmingham News