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Interview Date: 11/12/2018

Professor Walter Fluker was born on August 26, 1951. He received his B.A. degree in philosophy and biblical studies at Trinity College in 1977, and M.Div. degree in 1980 at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Fluker completed his Ph.D. degree in social ethics at Boston University, in 1988.

In 1986, Fluker was university chaplain and assistant professor of religion at Dillard University in New Orleans. He became assistant professor of Christian ethics at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and assistant pastor at First Baptist Church in Capitol Hill in Nashville, in 1987. In 1991, Fluker was named dean of black church studies and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial professor of theology and black church studies at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In 1992, Fluker became editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project. He served as director, National Resource Center for the Development of Ethical Leadership from the Black Church Tradition at CRCD in 1993. In 1998, Fluker joined Morehouse College as executive director of the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership, The Leadership Center and professor of philosophy and religion. Fluker moved to Cape Town, South Africa in 2004, and served as visiting professor for the institution’s Graduate School of Business, and distinguished lecturer in the International Human Rights Exchange Program. Fluker was a distinguished speaker for the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria; Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban, South Africa; and India. Having served visiting professorships at the Divinity School, Princeton Divinity School and Columbia Divinity School in Decatur, Georgia, Fluker joined the Boston University School of Theology faculty as the Martin Luther King, Jr. professor of ethical leadership and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative for the Development of Ethical Leadership in 2010. He consulted for a variety of organizations, including: Case Western Reserve University, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

In 2004, Fluker joined the editorial board of American Association of Colleges and Universities’ publication, Liberal Education. In 2006, he served on the Boston University School of Theology board of overseers. Fluker also served on the advisory board of the ‘Core Commitments: Education Students for Personal and Social Responsibility’ with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and The Church and Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary board of visitors. In 2010, Fluker served on the Boston University School of Theology Advisory Board. He has served as a board member for the Atlanta Speech School, the University of Maryland Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies, Trinity Press International and the Howard Thurman Educational Trust. He has been a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Society for Christian Ethics and Society for the Study of Black Religion.

Fluker was named in ‘African-American Who’s Who’ greater Rochester first edition. In 2016, Fluker’s publication ‘The Ground Has Shifted: The Future of the Black Church in Post-Racial America’ was given the Theology and Religious Studies PROSE Award honorable mention.

Fluker and his wife Sharon Watson Fluker, have four children and six grandchildren.

Walter Fluker was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 12, 2018.

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