Black Interests, Politics and Community: Remembering Ronald W. Walters (1938 – 2010)

A Public Video Program

Policy Watch: Ronald W. Walters

Produced by University of Maryland, 2007


Part 1

Ronald Walters is professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, and director of its James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership. He was previously professor and chair of the political science department at Howard University, assistant professor and chair of Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University, and assistant professor of political science at Syracuse University.

Part 2

Walters is the author of numerous articles and eight books, including Black Presidential Politics in America: A Strategic Approach, which won the American Political Science Association’s Ralph Bunche Prize, White Nationalism, Black Interests: Conservative Public Policy and the Black Community, and, most recently, Freedom is Not Enough: Black Voters, Black Candidates, and American Presidential Politics. In 2000, he was awarded the Ida B. Wells-W.E.B. DuBois Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the National Council for Black Studies.

Economic & Political Status of Blacks in America (1988)


Prof. Walters and Prof. Williams give often differing views on topics such as the impact of slavery on current economic and social conditions of blacks.

April 5, 1988

Martin Luther King and the Obama Presidency (2009)


Ron Walters talked about Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and his affect on the Obama Presidency. Dr. Walters also discussed the role that the Voting Rights Act played in the election of Barack Obama as president, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic mail.

Washington Journal, January 19, 2009



Walters, Ronald W. The Impact of Slavery on 20th and 21st-Century Black Progress. The Journal of African American History, Vol. 97, No. 1–2, Special Issue: “African Americans and Movements for Reparations: Past, Present, and Future” (Winter–Spring 2012), pp. 110-13.

Ronald Walters (1938-2010). Cassel Eick, G. Black Past (2015, May 28).

Wichita Library to be named after Dr. Ronald W. Walters. Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Black Scholar and Activist Ron Walters Was a Genius, Donna Brazile Says. Originally published April 16, 2018, on

Patricia Walters Tells Joe Madison About Her Generous Gift in Honor of Dr. Ronald W. Walters. Podcast published by SiriusXM News and Issues on January 17, 2020.