Howard University hosts National Conference on the Legacy of Ronald Walters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center will hold a conference on Oct. 10-11 to discuss the impact of Ronald Walters on the academic, policy and political worlds. Through panel and roundtable discussions and presentations, conference participants will discuss the implications of his work on research and scholarship, public policy, politics, civic engagement and Black leadership. The conference will be held on the campus of Howard University.

Patricia Turner Walters, widow of Walters, will participate in the conference and will speak during the luncheon session on Oct. 10.  A public event will be held in Cramton Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. Stefanie Brown James, (B.B.A ’04) former outreach director for the Obama campaign and former NAACP youth director, will lead a roundtable discussion on “WWWS: What Would [Ron] Walters Say?”  Joining her will be the Black Eagle, Joe Madison, a host on SiriusXM radio; April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks; George Curry, editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association; and Michael Eric Dyson, Ph.D., professor of sociology at Georgetown University and MSNBC commentator.

Prominent political scientists, researchers, activists and political leaders, including U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (B.A. ’73); Michael Fauntroy, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at Howard; labor leader Bill Lucy; former U.S. Rep. Ronald Dellums and others, will speak during the conference. The conference is being co-sponsored by a number of Howard University entities, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, the Congressional Black Caucus and other organizations.

“Dr. Walters left a rich legacy of not just writings, but also actions designed to improve the conditions of people of African descent throughout the world,” said Elsie Scott, Ph.D., director of the Walters Center. “Through this conference and the work of the Center we will continue to build up his legacy and help to mold the next generation of scholar-activists.”

Howard University established the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center in 2011 as a focal point for leadership development and public policy research and analysis related to African-American contributions to U.S. national and foreign policy, and the role of African Americans in U.S. political activity and discourse. Through seminars, conferences, symposia, visiting scholars, executive programs, internships, publications and public events, the Center will play a critical role in developing leaders; providing resources to political leaders, policy-makers and nonprofit leaders; and serving as an epicenter for policy discussion and research on issues critical to the global Black community.

Walters served as a Howard University professor for 25 years and was a distinguished scholar and leading authority on American political behavior, Black political issues, and comparative politics. Walters served as campaign manager and close advisor to the Rev. Jesse Jackson during his two presidential bids and was influential in the creation of the Congressional Black Caucus.

For more information on the conference, go to  Questions or inquiries may be directed to 202-806-7988 or

About Howard

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at