four children never knew Ron Walters. But, hopefully, the
imprint of Ronís soul and heart will be with them, and their
own children, forever.
day, Ron visited our home, along with Gus Newport and Gary
Hatcher, when they were all in Cambridge
at the same time, decades ago, and during the height of
the struggle to defeat apartheid in South Africa. We are blessed
that Ron and his colleagues visited our household and children.
Ron as a model, who was a friend and colleague, we have
tried to show our own children that social justice is the
calling of true intellectuals, but especially Black, Latino
and other intellectuals of color. Years after Ronís visit
to our home, as our children proceeded through high schools
and colleges, and then graduate schools, Ron was always
an important reference point for reminding them that they
have much to offer and contribute in improving communities
work and commitment helped us to remind our own children
that the most critical question for them is: what are you
offering, to improve humanity, and the quality of life for
all people? And, how will you utilize your intellectual
training and skills to pursue such? Thank you, Ron.
to send a condolence message to the family of Ron Walters.
Board Member, James Jennings, PhD is a professor of urban
and environmental policy and planning at Tufts
in Medford, Massachusetts US.
to contact Dr. Jennings.