“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 in a statement.
“As the inaugural Ronald W. Walters Endowed Chair, Ms. Abrams’s 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,” Frederick continued.
In her new role at Howard, Abrams will lecture, lead research around the university on political issues affecting Black Americans, hold symposiums and workshops, and collaborate with other faculty members on these issues.
Howard says she will work across multiple academic departments to focus on “real-world solutions” to problems facing Black people and other vulnerable groups.
She will also lead the Ronald W. Walters Speakers Series — which will bring speakers to the HBCU to discuss a range of topics representing diverse perspectives.
“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,” Abrams said.
Abrams is a Spelman College alumna and made history in 2018 as the first African American woman to win a major party nomination for governor in the United States as the Democratic nominee in Georgia.
She is also a former Atlanta deputy city attorney, the former minority leader of the Georgia House, and an entrepreneur who has launched multiple nonprofit organizations devoted to democracy protection, national and local voter engagement, tackling social issues, and building a more equitable future in the South.
In addition to her political, philanthropic, and business career, Abrams is the bestselling author of fifteen books, including, “Our Time is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America” and “Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change.”
“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,” said Howard University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Anthony K. Wutoh, PhD.
Abrams will begin her multi-year appointment starting this September.