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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Science Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Brown
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/20/1938
Birth Location:
Wichita, Kansas

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Science Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Brown
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/20/1938
Birth Location:
Wichita
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Biography

Professor Ronald Walters, internationally renowned expert on African American leadership and politics, was born in Wichita, Kansas, on July 20, 1938. After attending Fisk University as an undergraduate, Walters earned his graduate degrees from American University. Walters went on to teach at Georgetown and Syracuse Universities; chair the African and Afro-American Studies Department at Brandeis University and the Political Science Department at Howard University; and work as professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. Walters served as director of the African American Leadership Institute and Scholar Practitioner Program, and was a distinguished leadership scholar at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership.

Walters served as a campaign manager and consultant for the Reverend Jesse Jackson during his two presidential bids and was a policy adviser for Congressmen Charles Diggs and William Gray. During the 2000 election season, Walters worked as a senior correspondent for the National Newspaper Publishers Association and as a political analyst for Black Entertainment Television's Lead Story. Walters was also a regular guest and commentator for several political talk shows on radio and television.

As a scholar, Walters penned six books and wrote over one hundred articles; his monographs won several awards for best book. Walters was also honored for his contributions to the study of African American politics and leadership. Walters was noted for his scholarship on African politics, and visited Africa on several occasions.

Walters and his wife, Patricia Ann, were longtime residents of Silver Spring, Maryland. Walters passed away on September 10, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ronald Walters's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ronald Walters discusses his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ronald Walters discusses his mother's and father's backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ronald Walters describes the segregated neighborhoods of his youth and the 1958 sit-in movement in Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ronald Walters describes growing up in a military family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ronald Walters describes 'Boys' Nation' and other high school extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ronald Walters recalls his time at Wichita University, Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ronald Walters recalls his experiences at Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ronald Walters discusses his early involvement with governmental programs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ronald Walters recalls his civil rights involvement in Kansas in the late 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ronald Walters discusses the Movement's connection to the Black Church and relates his personal struggle with religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ronald Walters describes his immersion in African American culture and scholarly tradition at Fisk
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ronald Walters recalls memorable events following college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ronald Walters explains why he left the U.S. State Department to pursue a PhD in African Studies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ronald Walters recalls African Studies scholars at Howard University in the mid 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ronald Walters recalls his employment at Syracuse University and Brandeis University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ronald Walters recalls building black institutional political power in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ronald Walters discusses African Americans' increased interest Africa policy during the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ronald Walters discusses ideological conflicts around the African Liberation Support Committee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ronald Walters discusses Congressman Charles Diggs's misconduct
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ronald Walters discusses meetings of the Pan-African Congress
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ronald Walters recalls African struggles against American foreign policy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ronald Walters discusses Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ronald Walters discusses his involvement with the movement for reparations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Ronald Walters's interview: Part II
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ronald Walters recalls the Million Man March
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ronald Walters discusses the significance of the Million Man March and media coverage of the event
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ronald Walters discusses the collection of monies at the Million Man March
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ronald Walters recalls addresses from leaders at the Million Man March
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ronald Walters considers the Million Woman March and the Million Youth March
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ronald Walters remembers a network of Afrocentric scholars
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ronald Walters discusses Black Nationalism's strong emergence in the 1960s and its roots in U.S. history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ronald Walters discusses the reparations movement in Africa and the diaspora
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ronald Walters argues that slavery-like conditions for blacks persisted into the 20th century
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ronald Walters recalls The World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Ronald Walters evaluates legal cases and proposed legislation for reparations in the United States
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Ronald Walters discusses racial inequality in the United States
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Ronald Walters discusses recent African civil wars and evaluates President George W. Bush's Africa policy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Ronald Walters discusses the state of Pan Africanism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Ronald Walters discusses the need for social movements as well as political processes
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Ronald Walters responds to critics of Pan Africanism
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Ronald Walters considers his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Ronald Walters describes how he'd like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Photo - Ronald Walters on the cover of 'Black Issues in Higher Education,' 1992
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Photo - Ronald Walters with Walter Fauntroy and the staff of the African American Leadership Institute. 1998
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Photo - Ronald Walters greets Chief Moshood Abiola, Abuja, Nigeria, 1993
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Photo - Ronald Walters with Franklin Jenifer and Jesse Jackson, Washington, D.C., ca. 1988
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Photo - Ronald Walters promotional poster, February 2003
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Photo - Ronald Walters with a group of welfare reform researchers