African American History and Culture

African American History and Culture

Dr. Walker is one of the world’s leading scholars and archivist working to preserve and showcase the history of people of African descent in the Americas, the African American church and its musical gift to the world GOSPEL!

He is the founder and curator of the Gospel Music History Archive and was the U.S. lead for the development of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Archive, both housed at the University of Southern California Libraries. A member of the board of the Heritage Music Foundation (HMF), he is the author of the acclaimed book No More, No More: Slavery and Cultural Resistance in Havana and the seminal study “Black Church Next: Challenges and Opportunities Facing African American Congregations in 21st Century Los Angeles.”

Dr. Walker’s 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: Rage, Hope and Empowerment (with Nwaka Onwusa) at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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