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Ronald Walters, U-Md. scholar of race and politics, dies at 72

Matt Schudel

Ronald W. Walters, a longtime professor of political science at Howard University and the University of Maryland, and one of the Washington area's most respected public intellectuals on matters of race, civil rights and public policy, died Friday at age 72.

Dr. Walters spent most of his professional career in the Washington area and won worldwide acclaim as the author of many books, including works on black presidential politics, pan-Africanism and the resurgence of white conservatism.

After 25 years at Howard, Dr. Walters became director of the African American Leadership Institute at Maryland and frequently appeared wrote for the popular press and appeared on television programs discussing major issues of the day. In 1984, he was a key adviser to the presidential campaign of Jesse Jackson, and he had been a major intellectual force behind the Congressional Black Caucus since the 1970s.

A full obituary will follow.

By Matt Schudel  |  September 11, 2010; 12:36 PM ET
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What a tremendous loss! Dr. Walters was a scholar and a well-respected individual.

Posted by: drake22410 | September 11, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow...Dr. Walters was one of the best. I remember seeing him on campus during my days at Howard.

Posted by: brikki | September 11, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

We have lost a giant. Dr. Walters was a gentle but well respected scholar. He was a
great role model. My prayers go out to his

Posted by: adaisfaithdestiny | September 11, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

My heart is broken, he was a friend to wpfw and gave great insight into what was really going on around us. A man among men, he will be missed.

Posted by: msdooby1 | September 11, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

The bottom drops out of my day. Dr. Walters was my teacher and my friend. We have lost a powerful intellect, a truth teller, a fighter for social justice, and a sweet man. A real loss. My condolences to his family.

Posted by: dcintheworld | September 11, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

We have lost a fierce advocate and activist of people of color and the disenfranchised. My heartfelt condolences to his family, students, friends and all of us who are better folks for having been touched by Dr. Walters in our lives.

Posted by: Alta | September 12, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I wish to express my deepest condolences to the Walters family of the passing of Dr. Walters.

Posted by: wjw2nd | September 14, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

My Condolences to your family. May God Bless and keep you all.

Posted by: vravenell | September 14, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

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