University of Southern California

Center for Religion & Civic Culture

Daniel E. Walker

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Dr. Daniel E. Walker is a Research Associate with the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California, Board Chair of the BLU Educational Foundation, and the President/CEO of Perfect Works, a consulting firm that uses history, faith, education, and the arts to bring progressive change to the world.

He is the author of the critically acclaimed book No More, No More Slavery and Cultural Resistance in Havana and New Orleans (University of Minnesota Press) and the Founding Director of the Gospel Music History Project and the Gospel Music History Archive at the USC Libraries.

The former director of education at Chapel of Peace Community Church (Los Angeles), he also led Faith First a ministry to homeless men and urban youth at the Central City Lutheran Mission (San Bernardino, California). He presently conducts a monthly youth service at Imani Temple Community Church (Pomona, Ca) and is the director of Good Neighbors, an initiative using faith leaders to address conflicts and build bridges between Latino and African American communities.

Dr. Walker is currently writing a book examining homicide in urban communities (Death, Life and the Search For God in Hip Hop) and completing the film When Roosters Crow which explores the life of Emmy Award winning choreographer Dr. Danny L. Scarborough and the early AIDS crisis in Black America.

Dr. Walker holds a B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University, an M.A. (with distinction) in Latin American History from the University of California, Riverside, and a PhD (with distinction) in Latin American and African American History from the University of Houston.

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