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Stacey Abrams to Join Howard University in Role Focused on Race and Politics

Activist and former two-time candidate for Georgia governor, Stacy Abrams, will be serving as Howard University’s inaugural Ronald W. Walters Endowed Chair for Race and Black politics. She expects to begin the multi-year appointment in September. 

“Stacey Abrams has proven herself an essential voice and eager participant in protecting American democracy – not just for certain populations, but for everyone with the fundamental right to make their voices heard,” says Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick.

According to university officials, those who hold the role are expected to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, inspire research, and encourage broad discussion of real-world solutions to complex societal problems that disproportionately affect the African American community and other vulnerable populations. 

In 2020, the creation of the chair began when Ronald Walter’s wife, Patricia Turner Walters, gave Howard University a collection of African American art valuing more than $2.5 million. The artwork is now displayed on campus grounds. 

The choice for Abrams was motivated by her efforts in energizing reluctant voters and building support for Democratic candidates aimed at both rural and urban areas. Even some presidential candidates sought out her expertise in voter mobilization in recent years, and she was considered a likely vice-presidential candidate for Joe Biden. 

“Stacey Abrams is a respected voice in American politics, known for her advocacy for voting rights, criminal justice reform, environmental justice, and economic empowerment for marginalized communities…She continues to be an influential figure in the Democratic Party and a role model for young women and people of color who aspire to enter the policy arena. We are incredibly grateful to Ms. Abrams for her commitment to investing in the future of Howard students as the Ronald W. Walters Endowed Chair, and we are pleased to welcome her to Howard University,” says Howard University’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer Anthony K. Wutoh.


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