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  Fauntroy, Walter E.
NameWalter E. Fauntroy
Washington, District of Columbia , United States
Born February 06, 1933 (88 years)
Contributoreddy 9_99
Last ModifedJuan Croniqueur
Nov 23, 2015 02:38am
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InfoThe Honorable Reverend Walter Edward Fauntroy was born in Washington, D.C. on February 6, 1933 to Ethel Vine Fauntroy and William T. Fauntroy. Graduating from Virginia Union University with a B.A. in 1955 and from Yale University Divinity School with a B.D. in 1958, he became pastor of his childhood church, New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C in 1959 where he still presides as pastor.

In 1961, Fauntroy was appointed by Martin Luther King, Jr. as Director of the Washington Bureau of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference(SCLC). He then worked as the Washington, D.C. Coordinator of the historic 1963 March on Washington and directed the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, the 1966 Meridith Mississippi Freedom March, and the 1983 20th Anniversary March on Washington. In 1966, Fauntroy founded and served as the president of the Model Inner City Community Organization, a group committed to community development and neighborhood development. In 1966, Fauntroy was also appointed vice-chairman of the White House Conference entitled "To Fulfill These Rights" by President Lyndon B. Johnson. One year later, President Johnson appointed him vice-chair of the Council of the District of Columbia and in 1971, Fauntroy was elected as the District of Columbia's Delegate to Congress. He served ten terms in this role and designed and engineered many significant changes in national public policy. He was also one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus. While a member of the House Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee, Fauntroy served, for six years, as chair of the subcommittee on International Development, Finance, Trade and Monetary Policy. In 1977, while he was chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Brain Trust on Black Voter Participation and Network Development, Fauntroy founded the National Black Leadership Roundtable for leaders of National African American organizations.

In 1984, Fauntroy was arrested at the South African Embassy, as part of the Free South Africa Movement. Fauntroy is married to Dorothy Simms and they have two children: Marvin Keith and Melissa Alice.


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Aug 23, 2011 02:00pm News DC Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says her predecessor Walter Fauntroy is in safe place in Libya  Article RBH 

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