Dr. Daniel E. Walker

Dr. Daniel E. Walker is an internationally recognized scholar, artist, and social entrepreneur working in the fields of education, arts and entertainment, community development, self-care, religion, and public history. Channeling intelligence, creativity and a passion for social justice, he makes good things happen. 

A proud alum of Head Start, Dr. Daniel E. Walker is a master storyteller, social entrepreneur, and award-winning artist. 


He serves on the board of directors of The California Endowment and the Heritage Music Foundation and is the Board Chair of the BLU Educational Foundation, one of the nation’s leading organizations working to increase the college graduation rates of students of color. Dr. Walker is the author of the critically acclaimed book No More, No More: Slavery and Cultural Resistance in Havana and New Orleans, the executive producer of the award-winning television program How Sweet the Sound: Gospel in Los Angeles (KCET) and the founding director of both the Gospel Music History Archive (USC Digital Library) and the Long Beach Indie International Film and Entertainment Festival. 


His major exhibitions include Sunshine and Central (with Matt Gainer), commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles rebellion for the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, How Sweet the Sound: Gospel Music in Los Angeles (with Tyree Boyd-Pates) at the California African American Museum, and It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope and Empowerment (with Nwaka Onwusa) at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 


An expert on equity, the arts, religion, self-care, social entrepreneurship, and inclusive community development, Dr. Walker is former New York City Urban Fellow and W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellow. He previously served as a project manager at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Executive Director of the Tijuana/San Diego affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, and, for the past two decades, as the lead historian for the Footsteps to Freedom Underground Railroad Study Tour. The eight-day tour, across five states and Canada, uses lessons from the Underground Railroad to help educators learn how to put equity into action.


Dr. Walker holds a B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University where he was also elected president of the student government association, an M.A. in Latin American History (with distinction) from the University of California, Riverside, and a Ph.D. (with distinction) in Latin American and African American History from the University of Houston. In 2018 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Claremont Graduate University for his global contributions to arts, design, and innovation. 


Just a small sample of the media outlets that have featured Dr. Walker’s insights and knowledge include; The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, the Daily Mail (UK), TheGrio.com, Yahoo!.com, KGTV (San Diego), Fox News 26 (Houston, TX), The LA Times, KFI Radio (Los Angeles), The Fontana Herald News, The Los Angeles Sentinel, KCET (Southern California), KTLA TV (Los Angeles), KPCC (Los Angeles), NPR, Newsweek, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA), The New York Post, the New York Daily News, and the Black Voice News.