Ron Walters
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"Ronald W. "Ron" Walters" was an American scholar known worldwide for his knowledge of African American/African-American politics through his leadership and his writing. He was director of the African American Leadership Institute and Scholar Practitioner Program, Distinguished Leadership Scholar at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, and respected professor in government and politics at the University of Maryland, College Park/University of Maryland.

Ronald William Walters was born in 1938 in Wichita, Kansas, the oldest of seven children of Gilmar and Maxine Fray Walters. His father was a career Army officer and later a professional musician, playing double bass. His mother was a civil rights investigator for the state. Ron attended grade school and junior high school in Wichita, and he graduated from Wichita High School East in 1955. He died in Bethesda, Maryland in 2010.

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And I don't expect that feeling to go away anytime soon.

[Many blacks] have deep emotional questions ... A lot of these people are their kin. The social network of the black community is spread throughout the South.

Still has an opportunity to reach out to blacks during the reconstruction, giving the displaced people a role in the project. But there is a problem. Already, he has made some mistakes. No-bid contracts are going to firms with close ties to Bush, and those don't tend to be minority-owned businesses.

I think he said a lot of the right things. [Republicans are] putting money behind this outreach and he ran down a number of things that the administration should be doing that would be attractive to African-Americans.

There is so much anger out there, I think it is going to be very difficult for Republicans to break through to African Americans.

Black people are mad because they feel the reason for the slow response is because those people are black and they didn't support George Bush. And I don't expect that feeling to go away anytime soon.

I'm getting tired of this. I'm looking to buy one of those cheaper cars.

Katrina has blown that outreach away. This has become a powerful emotional issue - a national issue - that will severely limit Bush's future outreach efforts, because the victims in Louisiana and Mississippi have huge family networks scattered all over the country.

Somebody has to fill in the blanks as to why the response was different, ... We have a traditional response - that a black life is not as valued as a white life.