ABOUT DANIEL E. WALKER, PhD
Dr. Daniel E. Walker is an internationally recognized scholar and filmmaker and a dynamic public speaker. Channeling intelligence, creativity and a passion for social justice, he makes good things happen.
He holds a B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University where he was also the 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, Dr. Walker was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Claremont Graduate University for his global contributions to arts, design, and innovation.
Dr. Walker is the author of the critically-acclaimed book No More, No More: Slavery and Cultural Resistance in Havana and New Orleans, writer/director of the documentary films Sol Brothers, When Roosters Crow, Let's Have Church, and The Ten, a producer on the Emmy Award-winning television series Artbound, founder of the Long Beach Indie International Film Festival, and lead historian for the exhibit How Sweet the Sound: Gospel Music in Los Angeles (California African American Museum).
Arts & Entertainment
Dr. Walker is the founder and director of the Long Beach Indie International Film Festival, one of the world's prime events for showcasing and cultivating diverse content and content creators. He is also the writer/producer of the films When Roosters Crow, Sol Brothers, The Ten, and Let’s Have Church, a producer on the Emmy Award-winning television program Artbound (KCETLink), and the creator and executive producer of the forthcoming
Religion & Community Development
Dr. Walker is the founding director of the Gospel Music History Archive at the USC Digital Library and was one of the lead scholars in the development of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Archive, also at the USC Digital Library. The author of the seminal study “Black Church Next: Challenges and Opportunities Facing African American Congregations in 21st Century Los Angeles,” he is an expert in faith-based organizing and community economic development. Walker was formerly the director of education and college access at Chapel of Peace Community Church in South Los Angeles, leader of Faith First (a ministry to homeless men and urban youth at the Central City Lutheran Mission), member of the Youth Ministry Advisory Board of the Diocese of San Bernardino, project lead for New City Schools (an effort to reinvigorate Lutheran-inspired education in urban America), project manager with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Executive Director of the Tijuana/San Diego affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, and a youth minister at Imani Temple Church.
Fellowships, Grants, & Honors
A recipient of the prestigious New York City Urban Fellowship, Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship, and Coro Fellowship (declined), among the entities that have recognized Dr. Walker and his work in the form of fellowships, awards, and grants include; the Louisville Institute, the James Irvine Foundation, the Texas State Historical Association, the Templeton Foundation, the California Endowment, the Southern Conference on African American Studies, KGTV Television, the Long Beach Arts Commission, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the African American Public Policy Institute, the Historical Society of Southern California, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the Flora Hewlett Foundation, Indiana University, and the Haynes Foundation.