Dr. John C. Walter
Adjunct Professor, Department of History
Ph.D., University of Maine, 1972
Professor Walter is the author of thirty-three learned articles and more than 100 reviews in such journals as The Journal of American History, The Georgia Historical Quarterly, The Western Historical Quarterly, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, Revista Inter-Americana, American Studies Today (United Kingdom) and the Seattle Times.
He has been the recipient of several Mellon Research Grants for research on the African American woman, a Taft Research Fellowship for his work on “White Patronage of Black Artists in the Harlem Renaissance Era,” among other awards. He received a Ford Foundation Grant for the oral history project “African American Athletes and the Color Line.”
Dr. Walter wrote the lead essay on sports for the Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History in 1996, and a similar essay for the Encyclopedia of American Studies in 2001.
Professor Walter has traveled widely in the U.S. and abroad. To date, he has presented more than 100 scholarly lectures at colleges such as Davidson, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Citadel, Bard College, and at Duke, Toronto (Canada) and Brown Universities.
Abroad, Professor Walter has lectured at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, the Free University of Berlin, John Moores Liverpool University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the U.S. Embassy in London.
Professor Walter regularly gives talks and speeches before civic organizations on African American topics, and ins in particular demand during Black History Month and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebrations.
In December 2008 Dr. Walter will moderate a panel on new trends in African American literature at the University of Malaga (Malaga, Spain).
Transforming the Curriculum: Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, co-edited with Dr.
The Harlem Fox: J. Raymond Jones and Tammany, 1920-1970 (Albany: SUNY Press, 1989). *Winner of the American Book Award, 1990.
Articles in Books:“The Influence of African American History on United States History Survey Textbooks Since the 1970s,” in Color-line to Borderlands: Ethnic Studies as Matrix in
African Americans in American Sports: From Ante-Bellum to the Present,” Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History, Vol. 5. Macmillan Library Reference,
“Gender and the Transformation of a Survey Course in African American History,” Transforming the Curriculum: Ethnic Studies and Women Studies,
“Private Foundation Grants, to American Ethnic Studies Departments and Programs 1972-1988: Patterns and Prospects,” Transforming the Curriculum: Ethnic Studies and Women Studies,
“Praxis and the Prospect of Curriculum Transformation,” Transforming the Curriculum: Ethnic Studies and Women Studies,
“The Black Athlete in
“Thurgood Marshall,” Encylcyopedia of American Studies, Fall, 2001.
“Franklin D. Roosevelt and Naval Rearmament, 1932-1938,” FDR: The Man, The Myth, The Era, 1882-1945, Rosenbaum, Herbert B., and Bartelme, Elizabeth, eds., Greenwood Press, 1988.
“Ambassador W. Averill Harriman” and “Lend-Lease,” Franklin D. Roosevelt, His Life and Times: An Encyclopedic View, Graham, Jr., Otis L., and Wander, Meghan Robinson, eds., G.K. Hall and Co., 1985.
“George Wallace Melville,” Dictionary of American Military Biography, Spiller, Roger J., and Dawson, Joseph G., eds. Greenwood Press, 1985.
“Admiral William H. Standley, CNO,” The Chiefs of
“Public Administration and Minorities,” New
"The State of New York and the Legal Struggle to Desegregate the American Bowling Congress, 1944-1950.", with Malina Iida. Afro-Americans in New York Life and History. January 2011.
"More than Sports: How Hubert H. Humphrey and the United Auto Workers Union Helped to Achieve the Desegregation of bowling in America, 1946-1950.", with Malina Iida. American Studies Today, Issue 18, September 2009 and http://www.americansc.org.uk/Online/index.htm#Sport, U.K.
“Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World,”
“The Anglophone Caribbean Immigrant and Partisan Politics in
“The Integration of the American Bowling Congress: The
“The Harmon Foundation and the Sponsorship of Art in Africa, 1935-1968,” Contours: A Journal of the African Diaspora,
“Problems and Possibilities for Black Studies in the 21st Century,” Journal of Afro-Americans in
“Muhammad Ali: The Quintessential American,”
“The Changing Status of the Black Athlete in 20th Century
“Who is Clarence Thomas?,” The Seattle Times, July, 1991.
“The Struggle Against Racism,” Madelaine,
“Enterprise Zones: Conservative Ideology or Free Floating Political Fantasy,” Simon's Rock of
“Politics and Africanity in West Indian Society,” Politics and the African Legacy, The
“Tax Exemptions For All-White Schools,” Minority Voices, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 1983.
“Frank R. Crosswaith, the Negro Labor Committee, and the Development of the Labor Movement in Harlem, 1939-1945,” The Journal of Afro-Americans in
“The West Indian Immigrant: 'Those Arrogant Bastards,'” Contributions in Black Studies, No. 5, No. 2, 1981-1982.
“The Caribbean Immigrant Impulse in American Life, 1900-1930,” Revista Inter-Americana (
“Congressman Carl Vinson of
“Frank R. Crosswaith and the Negro Labor Committee in Harlem, 1925-1939,” Journal of Afro-Americans in
“Exploding a Myth: F.D.R. and the Politics of
“The Role of the Caribbean Immigrant in the Harlem Renaissance,” Journal of Afro-Americans in
“The Failure of the West Indian Federation,” Studies in Modernization,
Amy Ashwood Garvey: Pan-Africanist, Feminist, and Mrs. Marcus Garvey No. 1, Or, A Tale of Two Amies, by Tony Martin, Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life & History, July 2008, Vol. 32, No. 2.
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, by Geoffrey C. Ward, Journal of Afro-Americans in
John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights, by David S. Reynolds, The
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, by Geoffrey C. Ward, The
The Rebellious Slave: Nat Turner in
Separate and Unequal:
Bound For the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an
Smashing Barriers: Race and Sport in the New Millennium, by Richard Lapchick, International Journal of the History of Sport, September, 2003.
A Murder in
Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption, by Randall Kennedy, The
The Hellfighters of Harlem: African American Soldiers Who Fought for the Right to Fight for Their Country, by Bill Harris, The
Our Land Before We Die, by Jeff Guinn, The
Jim Crow’s Children: The Broken Promise of the Brown Decision, by Peter Irons, The Seattle Times, September 15, 2002.
The Sweet Hell Inside: A Family History, by Edward Ball, The
The Atlantic Sound, by Caryl Phillips, Journal of Afro-Americans in
One Drop of Blood: The American Misadventure with Race, by Scott L. Malcomson, The
Masks: Blackness, Race, and the Imagination, by Adam Lively, The
The Messenger Reader: Stories, Poetry and Essays from The Messenger Magazine, edited by Sondra Kathryn Wilson, The Seattle Times, February 27, 2000.
Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We are Afraid to Talk About It by Jon Entine, The Seattle Times, February 27, 2000.
Homelands and Waterways: The American Journey of the Bond Family, 1846-1926, by Adele Logan, The
Seventh Child: A Family Memoir of Malcolm X, by Rodnell P. Collins with A. Peter Bailey, The
The Right to Fight: A History of African Americans in the Military, by Gerald Astor, The
Rituals of Blood: Consequences of Slavery over Two American Centuries, by
Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made, by David Halberstam, The
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by Clayborne Carson, The Seattle Times, January 17, 1999.
Harlem at War: The Black Experience in World War II, by Nat Brandt, Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, Vol. 23 No. 1, January, 1999.
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, by John Lewis, with Michael D’Oorso, The
Jackie Robinson: A Biography, by
The New Deal’s Black Congressman: A Life of Arthur Wergs Mitchell, by Dennis Nordin, The Journal of American History, June, 1998.
Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow, by Leon F. Litwack, The
The Trials of Anthony Burns: Freedom and Slavery in Emerson’s
Black Genius and the American Experience, by Dick Russell, The
In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West, by Quintard Taylor, The
Harlem at War: The Black Experience in World War II, by Nat Brandt, The Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, March, 1998.
The Ordeal of Integration, by
The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1440-1870, by Hugh Thomas, The
Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black
Jackie Robinson: A Biography, by
Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail, by Jeffery Bolster, The
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man, by Henry Luis Gates, Jr., The
The Tao of Muhammad Ali, by
Have No Fear: The Charles Evers Story, by Charles Evers and Andrew Szanton Wiley, The
An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of
Working People of
Jessie: The Life and Pilgrimage of Jessie Jackson, by Marshall Frady, The
Like Judgment Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood, by Michael D’Orso, The
The Future of the Race, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cornel West, The
Social Roles of Sport in Caribbean Societies, by Michael Malec, Caribbean Studies, Vol. 9, March, 1996.
Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity, by Clarence Page, The
Speak My Name: Black Men on Masculinity and the American Dream, by Don Belton, ed., The
Living to Tell About It: Young Black Men in America Speak Their Pieces, by Darrell Dawsey, and Uprising: Crips and Bloods Tell the Story of
Silver Rights, by Constance Curry, The
Woodholme: A Black Man’s Story of Growing Up Alone, by DeWayne Wickham, The Seattle Times, August 6, 1995.
Long Time Coming: A Black Athlete’s Coming-of-Age in
Masters of the Dream: The Strength and Betrayal of Black Americans, by Alan L. Keyes, The
Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South, by John Egerton, The
Black Judges on Justice, by Linn
And Gently He Shall Lead Them: Robert Parris Moses and Civil Rights in
A Journey into the Philosophy of Alain Locke, by Johnny Washington, Choice. July/August 1994.
The Shadow of the Panther: Huey
The Forging of a Black Community: Seattle’s Central District, from 1870 Through the Civil Rights Era, by Quintard Taylor, The Seattle Times, July 17, 1994.
Civil Rights and Wrongs: A Memoir of Race and Politics, 1944-1994, by Harry Ashmore, The
The Search for Africa: History, Culture, Politics, by Basil Davidson, The
On the Real Side: Laughing, Lying, and Signifying -- the Underground Tradition of African-American Humor That Transformed American Culture, from Slavery to Richard Prior by Mel Watkins, The
American Slavery, 1619-1877 by Peter Kolchin, The
Ralph Bunche: An American Life by Brian Urquhart, The
W.E.B. DuBois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919 by David Levering Lewis, The
Queen Bess: Daredevil Aviator by Doris G. Rich, The
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years by Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany, with Amy Hill Hearth, The
True to My
Days of Grace: A Memoir by Arthur Ashe and
King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. by Wil Haygood, The
Buppies, B-Boys, Baps and Bohos: Notes on Post-Soul Black Culture by Nelson George, and Black Popular Culture: A Project by Michele Wallace, edited by Gina Dent, The Seattle Times, February 28, 1993.
The Color Complex: The Politics of Skin Color Among African Americans by Kathy Russell, Midge Wilson and Ronald Hall, The Seattle Times, February 21, 1993.
Colin Powell: Soldier/Statesman -- Statesman/Soldier by Howard Means, The
Dream Makers, Dream Breakers: The World of Justice Thurgood Marshall by Carl L. Rowan, The
The Black Man’s Burden: Africa and the Curse of the Nation State by Basil Davidson, for Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, Vol. 17. No. 1, January 1993.
Ota Benga: The Pygmy in the Zoo, by Philips Verner Bradford and Harvey Blume, The
Slim’s Table by Mitchell Duneier, The Seattle Times, November 1, 1992.
Singing the Master: The Emergence of African American Culture in the
The Black Man's Burden: Africa and the Curse of the Nation State, by Basil Davidson, The
Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel about the American Obsession, by Studs Terkel, The
The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Volume 1, ed. by Clayborne Carson, Ralph E. Lucker and Penny Russell, The Seattle Times, February 23, 1992.
Elevating the Game: Black Men and Basketball, by Nelson George, The
Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby by Steven Carter, The
Blackball Stars: Negro League Pioneers, by John B. Holway, International Journal of Sport History, (London, Great Britain) Vol. 8, No. 2., September, 1991. (With Katharine Bolland).
The Adventures of Amos and Andy: A Social History of an American Phenomenon by Melvin Patrick Healy, The
The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How it Changed America by Nicholas Lemann, The Seattle Times, March 31, 1991.
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.: American by Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., The
Free at Last?: The Civil Rights Movement and the People Who Made It by Fred Powledge, The
Frederick Douglass by William S. McFeely, The
Winslow Homer's Images of Blacks: The Civil War and Reconstruction Years by Peter H. Wood and Karen C.C. Dalton, Choice Review, February 1990.
Visions of a Liberated Future: Black Arts Movement Writings by Larry Neal, Choice Review, February 1990.
Blacks Who Stole Themselves: Advertisements for Runaways in the
Afro-American Women of the South and the Advancement of the Race, 1895-1925 by Cynthia Neverdon-Morton, Choice Review, October 1989.
A Mob Intent on Death: The NAACP and the
Rasta and Resistance: From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney by Horace Campbell, Choice Review, May 1988.
Assata, an Autobiography by Assata Shakur, Choice Review, May 1988.
Black and Red: W.E.B. DuBois and the Afro-American Response to the Cold War, 1944-1963 by Gerald Horne, Choice Review, Vol. 23, No. 1, June 1986.
The Pan-African Connection From Slavery to Garvey and Beyond by Tony Martin,
This Was Harlem: A Cultural Portrait, 1900-1950 by
Hard Trials On My Way: Slavery and the Struggle Against It, 1800-1860 by John Anthony Scott, Explorations in Ethnic Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2, 1979.
Black Men, White Cities by Ira Katznelson, Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, Vol. 1, No. 2, June 1977.
A Passion for Equality by Nick and Mary Lynn Kotz, UMOJA, Vol. 1, No. 3, 1977.
1. African American History: The Colonial Period to the Present.
2. African Americans and U.S. Law.
3. Caribbean Immigrants.
4. The Black Athlete.
Research and Writing in Progress
The Desegregation of Bowling in America, 1944-1950.
1. “Hubert H. Humphrey and the Desegregation of Bowling in America, 1946-1950.” (Under consideration, Minnesota History.)
2. “The State of New York and the Legal Struggle to Desegregate the American Bowling Congress, 1945-1950.” (Under consideration, Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History.)
1. Chairman, National Council for Black Studies, New England Region, 1987-1989.
2. Vice president, National Association for Ethnic Studies, 1987-1989.
3. President, National Association for Ethnic Studies, 1989-1991.
Series co-editor (with Dr.
1. African American History: Survey, 1619-2004.
2. History of the South Since the Civil War.
3. Blacks and American Law, 1619 to Present.
4. The African American Woman and the Feminist Movement, 1830 to Present.
5. The Sixties in America: Conflict, Confrontation and Concession.
6. The Jazz Age: 1917-1932.
7. Sports and Social Change in Twentieth Century America.
8. Music and Social Change in the Civil Rights Era: 1950-1972.
1. Afro-American History: Problems in 20th Century Black America.
2. African American History – Selected Topics.
3. Black Political History, 1920 to Present.
4. Senior Research Seminar in Black Studies.
1. African American History, 1619-1877: A Graduate Field Course (UW History Department).
2. African American History, 1877-1990: A Graduate Field Course (UW History Department).
3. Seminar in African American History: I (UW History Department).
4. Seminar in African American History: II (UW History Department).