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Welcome to the website of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center (Walters Center). In 2011, the Howard University Board of Trustees voted to establish the Ronald Walters Center as an interdisciplinary focal point for public policy research, publications and leadership development. Still in the developmental phases, many of the Center's programs are not operational at this time. Additional programs will be added in future years.

Statement on the Grand Jury Decision in the Shooting Death of Michael Brown

We are disappointed that the St. Louis County grand jury determined there was "no probable cause" to file any charges against Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. We have to abide by the grand jury's decision, but we do not have to stop advocating for justice and equality in the U.S. criminal justice system. We also note that the U.S. Justice Department is still investigating the case to determine if federal charges will be brought. Read more

Statement on the passing of District of Columbia City Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry

We are saddened by the passing of District of Columbia City Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry. Mayor Barry's life can best be described as a life of service. From humble roots in the Mississippi Delta, he joined the civil rights movement and started promoting change in society. He eventually moved to his adopted home of Washington, DC where he became part of the first generation of elected officials. Few people devote their whole life to public service, but he did. Read more

Former U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek Named Visiting Fellow

The Howard University Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center recently announced Kendrick B. Meek, a former member of the U.S House of Representatives and former Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, as the institute's visiting fellow for 2014. As a member of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Meek was instrumental in pioneering legislation creating new trade incentives for Haiti. He has been both a staunch supporter of the Haitian Diaspora and a leader on issues challenging the country. Read more

In Memoriam: Dr. Jewel Limar Prestage (1931-2014)

The Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center joins political scientists, academics, and many others in mourning the passing of Dr. Jewel Limar Prestage (1931-2014). Dr. Prestage worked with Dr. Ronald Walters in the growth and development of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) and in the recognition of black political scientists and their work by the American Political Science Association (APSA). Read more

Visit to the W.E.B. DuBois Center in Accra, Ghana

By Dr. Elsie L. Scott Director, Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center Howard University

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Lecture: "What has this got to do with the liberation of Black people?"

As Dr. Ronald Walters wrote articles and books, he often asked himself, "What Has This Got to Do with the Liberation of Black People?" Two of his former students have collaborated with his best friend to produce a book of essays entitled: What Has This Got to Do with the Liberation of Black People?: The Impact of Ronald W. Walters on African American Thought and Leadership. Click here for more info.

On Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:00 a.m., the Ronald Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center is hosting a Symposium to discuss the book in the Blackburn Center Digital Auditorium. The Symposium will be led by Drs. Robert Smith, Cedric Johnson and Robert Newby, co-editors of the newly released book. The book consists of seven sections, with essays written by persons who knew and worked with Dr. Walters. All the essays, except three, were written specifically for the book. One chapter was written by Dr. Hanes Walton, Jr. who died before the book was accepted for publication, and one chapter was written by Dr. Walters before he went to the hospital for the last time.

The public is invited to participate. There will be a limited number of discounted books available for sale at the Symposium. Books can be ordered online. For further information, contact Mrs. Carolyn Smith at the Walters Center, 202-806-7988.

Walters Center Statement on Passing of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba

We offer our condolences to the family of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and the citizens of Jackson, Mississippi. You lost your father and your mayor, but the world lost a leader. We offer a special condolence to his daughter, Rukia, who was a 2006 graduate of the Howard University School of Law. Click here for full statement.

UDC Interview w/ Visiting Fellow Congressman Ronald V. Dellums

Click here to see interview held on January 10, 2014 at UDC Cable Television studio

The program began airing on UDC Cable Television (Comcast Channel 19, RCN 19 and Verizon FIOS 19) Monday, February 3rd, at 8:30am, 2:30pm and 8:30pm. It will repeat on Wed and Fri at the same times throughout the month of February 2014.

"Civil Rights in America" - Lecture by Ron Dellums

Walters Center Visiting Fellow Ron Dellums to deliver the Walters Center's 2014 Black History Month Lecture. Click Here to read more.

Wed, February 19, 2014
11:00am - 12:30pm Blackburn Center Ballroom
Howard University

Walters Center Statement on Black History Month 2014

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Statement on Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

The world lost the greatest leader of our generation when former South African President, Nelson Mandela transitioned on December 5, 2013. He taught us patience, perseverance, fight, forgiveness and commitment. We followed his struggle for freedom in South Africa from the Free Nelson Mandela posters we hung on the wall of our college dormitory rooms to our participation in the demonstrations at the South African Embassy and throughout the United States. We watched with pride when he stepped out to freedom after 27 years of captivity looking regal and not expressing bitterness. We took notes from the lessons he taught us about reconciliation and nation building.

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Thanks for your Assistance & Participation!

Thanks to everyone who assisted in the planning and execution of the Ronald Walters Legacy Conference.  We especially thank all sponsors, attendees, contributors, speakers and to all the volunteers.  Your support and involvement were critical to the success of the conference.

Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D.
Director, Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center

Dr. Elsie L. Scott Interview on UDC TV

Interview with Walters Center Director, Dr. Scott

Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D., founding director of the Ronald W. Walters Center, describes Dr. Walters' work and legacy, as well as the upcoming Legacy Conference.

Former US Rep. Ron Dellum

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Dellums Named Visiting Fellow Ronald W. Walters Center

The Howard University Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center announces the selection of Ronald V. Dellums, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and mayor of Oakland, CA, as the institute’s first visiting fellow. Dellums gained national prominence through four decades of public service and as a successful leader in congressional struggles against South African apartheid. Read More