Dr. Ron Walters Dead
He was an expert on race and politics and was a frequent guest on many talk shows including the ones heard on WAOK.
If you have ever listened to “Powertalk” with Lorraine Jacques White, “Keeping it Real” with Rev. Al Sharpton, “Truthfighters” with Warren Ballentine or “The Bev Smith Show”, you have been witness to the intellectual savvy of Dr. Ron Walters. Walters was a frequent guest on talk shows where you could hear him comment on issues of race and politics. The longtime political analyst and scholar at Howard University and the University of Maryland died on Friday night after a long fight with cancer. He was 72.
Walters spent 25 years at Howard before becoming director of the African American Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland. He has written numerous books and articles.
In 1984, Walters served as a deputy campaign manager for the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s presidential bid.
He spent most of his professional life in Washington after earning his master’s degree and Ph.D. in international studies from American University.
Dr. Walters funeral is scheduled for Thursday.