Ron Walters, 72, Authority on Politics of Race

Ronald Walters

Professor Ronald Walters, a professor at the University of Maryland who was one of the nation’s most foremost authorities on race and the politics of race, died last week.
He was 72 years old and suffering from cancer.
The author of many books and articles on the topic of race, Walters was the deputy campaign manager for Jesse Jackson’s presidential bid in 1984.  He was also a policy adviser to former Reps. Charles Diggs (D-MI) and Bill Gray (D-PA).
He had a reputation as a scholarly giant, as one of America’s most insightful morons of the political landscape, in general, and of the intersection of race, politics and policy, specifically. His scholarly work and sound advice have assisted many past and present members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and other African American political and civic leaders around the country.
“(His) understanding of political science was deepened and enriched by his superior intellect and bolstered by his real world experiences working in politics,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, in a statement.