Howard University has appointed Stacey Abrams as the inaugural Ronald W. Walters Endowed Chair for Race and Black Politics. Abrams will “inspire research and encourage broad discussions of scholarship for real-world solutions” within the historic institution’s Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center.
“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,” Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said.
“As the inaugural Ronald W. Walters Endowed Chair, Ms. Abrams’ selection not only honors the work and legacy of renowned political strategist and scholar Dr. Ronald Walters, it expands on that legacy by bringing Howard students in dialogue with a contemporary candidate whose work has directly influenced today’s political landscape.”
Abrams is a former gubernatorial candidate and Spelman College graduate. Upon her graduation from Spelman, she was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar in 1994 and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Texas in public policy. From there, she continued her education and earned a J.D. from Yale University before pursuing a career in public service.
“I am honored to serve as the inaugural Ronald W. Walters Endowed Chair for Race and Black Politics, having had the privilege of knowing and learning from Dr. Walters,” Abrams said.
“We are at an inflection point for American and international democracy, and I look forward to engaging Howard University’s extraordinary students in a conversation about where they can influence, shape and direct the critical public policy decisions we face.”