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Patricia T. Walters

Widow of the late Dr. Ronald W. Walters is a graduate of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas with a major in pre-social work and a minor in sociology. Her career path was in the field of Social work for over 40 years, the last 30 with the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission, in Maryland. She retired in 2005.  She edited most of Ron Walter's books.  She continues to promote Dr. Walters legacy in speeches and picking up awards on his behalf around the country.  She has developed the Ronald Walters Scholarship Fund at Howard.  A scholarship will be awarded yearly to a student majoring in Political Science. 

 

Rep. Elijah Cummings

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Howard University (under Dr. Walters), serving as Student Government President and graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and then graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law. He began his career of public service in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served for 14 years and became the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tem.  Since 1996, Congressman Cummings has proudly represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Cummings currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Congressman Cummings is also a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, serving on both the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transport and the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. Congressman Cummings is married to Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings (a political scientist).

 

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr. 

Founder and President of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past 40 years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice. On August 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Reverend Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. He graduated from North Carolina A&T University and received the Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary.

           

Dr. William E. Kirwan

Chancellor of the University System of Maryland. Previously he served as president of Ohio State University (1998-2002), and as president of the University of Maryland, College Park (1988- 1998). He was a member of the University of Maryland faculty for 34 years. Dr. Kirwan is a nationally recognized authority on higher education issues including diversity, access and affordability, cost containment, gender equity, and financial aid. He was appointed by President Clinton to the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century and chaired the National Research Council’s Commission on the Mathematical Sciences in the Year 2000. President Bush appointed him to the Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Kirwan received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Kentucky and his master’s and doctoral degrees in mathematics from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in 1962 and 1964 respectively.

           

Attorney William R. “Billy” Martin

Martin is a partner in the law firm, Martin & Gitner, PLLC in Washington, DC. Prior to starting his own firm, he was a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP and at Howrey LLP). Martin is a renowned trial lawyer consistently named as one of the top trial lawyers in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States. His litigation practice involves the representation of major corporations and high-profile individuals and focuses on complex civil and white collar litigation before state and federal courts and in administrative hearings. His notable past clients have included NFL star Michael Vick, NBA stars Allen Iverson and Jayson Williams, Monica Lewinsky's mother, Chandra Levy's parents, and former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell. Martin served as a state and federal prosecutor from 1976 to 1990. He is a graduate of Howard University (a former student of Dr. Walters) and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He is married to National Public Radio journalist and radio host Michel Martin.

 

Louis H. Gilford Jr.

President of The Banneker Group. The Banneker Group (TBG) provides General Contracting and Facility Maintenance to a variety of public and private sector clients. The Banneker Group was established as a facilities maintenance firm in 1998 and became Small Business Administration 8(a) certified in May 2004.  He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where he met Dr. Walters.