Fauntroy, Walter E., 1933-

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Walter Edward Fauntroy (born February 6, 1933) is the former pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and a civil rights activist. He is also a former delegate to the United States House of Representatives and was a candidate for the 1972 and 1976 Democratic presidential nominations as a favorite son, as well as a human rights activist. His stated life work is to advocate public policy that "declares Good News to the poor, that binds up the broken hearted and sets at liberty them that are bound" in the United States and around the world.

The fourth of seven children, Walter Fauntroy was born and raised in Washington, D.C.. His mother, Ethel (Vines) Fauntroy, was a homemaker. His father, William Thomas Fauntroy, Sr., was a clerk in the U.S. Patent Office. Walter grew up in the Shaw community in Northwest Washington, and attended the New Bethel Baptist Church just a few blocks from his home.

He graduated second in his class at Washington's all-black Dunbar High School in 1951, and the members of his church held fund-raising dinners to provide him with a college scholarship. When he graduated from Dunbar in 1952, his church gave him enough money to pay for his first year at Virginia Union University in Richmond. He pledged Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity while at Virginia Union, where he graduated with honors in 1955, and then earned a B.Div. from Yale Divinity School in 1958.

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referencedIn Records of the Government of the District of Columbia, 1791 - 1978. Resolutions and Regulations, 1967 - 1974 National Archives at Washington, D.C
referencedIn Wise, Ozeline. Papers, 1854-1988 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Floyd B. McKissick Papers, 1940s-1980s University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Committee Papers, 1813 - 2011 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968. Southern Christian Leadership Conference administrative records, 1957-1968. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Center
creatorOf NONMUSIC RECORDING (COLLECTION) Audio materials, 1956-1977 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Audio materials, 1956-1977 [sound recording]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Oliver Tambo, Papers, undated, 1960-1992. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
referencedIn Gordon, Martin K. District of Columbia home rule research collection, 1788-1980 (bulk 1971-1980). Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
referencedIn President's Daily Diary, 11/22/1963 - 1/20/1969. Appointment Files, 11/22/1963 - 1/20/1969 Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Fauntroy, Walter E. Walter E. Fauntroy papers, 1941-1990, bulk 1960-1990. George Washington University
creatorOf Moore, Scott Lee. Papers, 1981-1985. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Papers, 1854-1988 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Floyd B. McKissick Papers, 1940s-1980s University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Angela Davis Legal defense collection, 1970-1972 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
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creatorOf The HistoryMakers Video Oral History with The Honorable Reverend Walter Fauntroy The HistoryMakers
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District of Columbia DC US
New Haven CT US
Richmond VA US
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Urban Renewal
African American civil rights workers
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington, D.C., 1963
African American legislators
Civil rights
Home rule
Occupation
Civil Rights Leader
Representatives, U.S. Congress
Pastor
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Birth 1933-02-06

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Americans

English

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