Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement today on the passing of Professor Ronald Walters:
“On behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Professor Walters, a man whose academic record and analytical insights have contributed to America’s understanding of the intersection of race, politics and policy.
“Born in Wichita, Kansas, on July 20, 1938, Professor Walters understanding of political science was deepened and enriched by his superior intellect and bolstered by his real world experiences working in politics.
“In addition to chairing the African and Afro-American Studies Department at Brandeis University and the Political Science Department at Howard University; Professor Walters also served as a campaign manager and consultant for the Reverend Jesse Jackson during his two presidential bids and was a policy adviser for former Congressmen Charles Diggs and William Gray.
“Professor Walters was a scholarly giant and was one of America’s most insightful analysts 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.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Walters family as we mourn the passing of a mighty scholar, while celebrating his purposeful life and legacy. He will be deeply missed.”