Profile

Walter Earl Fluker

Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Ethical Leadership

Rev. Dr. Walter Fluker was born in Vaiden, Mississippi and raised in Chicago, Illinois where he attended public schools. He served in the United States Army as a Chaplain’s Assistant from 1971-1973. He received his BA degree in philosophy and biblical studies from Trinity College in 1977, and an MDiv degree in 1980 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Fluker completed his PhD degree in social ethics at Boston University, in 1988. He retired from the Boston University School of Theology in June 2020.

He served as pastor of the historic St. John’s Congregational Church, UCC in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1981-1986. In 1986, Fluker was university chaplain and assistant professor of religion at Dillard University. He became assistant professor of Christian ethics at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and assistant pastor at First Baptist Church. He became assistant professor of Christian ethics at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and assistant pastor at First Baptist Church in Capitol Hill, in 1987. In 1991, Fluker was named dean of black church studies and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial professor of theology and black church studies at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In 1992, Fluker became editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project. He served as director, National Resource Center for the Development of Ethical Leadership from the Black Church Tradition from CRCD in 1993-1998. In 1998, Fluker joined Morehouse College as executive director of The Leadership Center (renamed the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership), The Coca Cola professor of leadership studies and professor of philosophy and religion.

In 2004, Fluker served as visiting professor for the University of Capetown Graduate School of Business,  Distinguished Lecturer in the International Human Rights Exchange Program and faculty at The Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria. Fluker was a distinguished speaker for the US Embassy in Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria; Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban, South Africa, China; and India. Having served visiting professorships at the Harvard College and Divinity School and Candler School of Theology; and visiting scholar at  Princeton Theological Seminary, and Columbia Theological Seminary. Fluker joined the Boston University School of Theology faculty as the Martin Luther King, Jr. professor of ethical leadership and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative for the Development of Ethical Leadership in 2010. He consulted for the Democratic Leadership Council National Conversation, Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program, the Department of Education, the Department of State, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Georgia State Superintendents’ Association, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

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Honorary Degree

Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa, May 10, 2008, Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, North Carolina

Current Employment

2015-present: Professor, College of Arts and Sciences Division Religion and Theological Study, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University

2010-present: Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership, Boston University School of Theology, Boston University. Editor and Director, The Howard Thurman Papers Project http://www.bu.edu/htpp/. Director, Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative for the Development of Ethical Leadership. Affiliate Appointments at Boston University: Kilachand Honors College; African American Studies Program

Selected Previous Employment

2009-2010: Inaugural Skirball Professor, United Negro College Fund, Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, Atlanta, GA

2009-2010: Interim Director, Andrew Young Center for International Affairs, Morehouse College

2004-2010: Coca-Cola Professor of Leadership Studies, Morehouse College

1998-2010: Executive Director, The Leadership Center at Morehouse College (renamed The Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership)

1998-2010: Professor, Philosophy and Religion, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

1992-2010: Director and Editor, Howard Thurman Papers Project, Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary, Rochester, NY (1992 -1997); Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA (1997- 2010)

1991-1997: Dean of Black Church Studies and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies, Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary, Rochester, NY

1993 – 1997: Director, National Resource Center for the Development of Ethical Leadership from the Black Church Tradition, Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary, Rochester, NY

1992 – 1997: Associate Pastor, Christian Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Henrietta, New York

1987 – 1991: Assistant to Pastor, First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill, Nashville, Tennessee

1981 – 1986: Pastor, St. John’s Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Springfield, Massachusetts

1985: Research Assistant, Multicultural Theological Education Project, Association of Theological Schools, Boston University, Boston, MA

1980 – 1981: Research Assistant to Dr. John H. Cartwright, Department of Social Ethics, Boston University, Boston, MA

1977 – 1980: Assistant Pastor, Second Baptist Church, Evanston, IL

1978 – 1979: Director, Teacher’s Aide Services, Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) Program, School District No. 65, Evanston, IL

1977 – 1979: Coordinator, Summer Federal Youth Employment Program, Fort Sheridan, Illinois

1975 – 1977: Coordinator, Minority Student Affairs, Trinity College, Deerfield, Illinois

1973 – 1976: Associate Pastor, Gideon Baptist Church, Waukegan, Illinois

1971 – 1973: Chaplain’s Assistant, United States Army

Visiting Scholar and Faculty Appointments

2018-2019: The Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

2018: Distinguished Visiting Professor, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, January 2-12

2017: Guest Faculty, Twenty-Third Annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry, “Hope for Our Future: From Weeping to Working for Justice for Our Children,” Haley Farm, Clinton, Tennessee, July 17-21

2017: Distinguished Faculty, Fifth Annual Black Theology and Leadership Institute, Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey, July 16-22

2013: Lecturer and Co-Dean, with Dr. Sharon Watson Fluker, Tenth Annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, “Building Ministries for the Common Good: Prophetic Witness, Ethical Leadership and the Quest for Global Justice”, Dallas, TX, February 18–19

2014: Visiting Professor, New York City Biblical Institute, Boston University School of Theology, November 8, 2014.

2014-present: Visiting Faculty, Ethical Leadership and Black Church Traditions, Doctor of Ministry Program, The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA, July

2008 – 2011: Faculty and Fellow, Mellon Community Initiative, Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria

2005-present: Visiting Faculty, Ethical Leadership from African American Moral Traditions, Ashland Theological Seminary, Cleveland, OH

2004 – 2005: Visiting Scholar, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey

2004: Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

2003 – 2008: Faculty, Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program, (Sponsored by Goldman Sachs and the International Institute for Education), New York, NY

2007: Visiting Scholar, Oklahoma Student Leadership Enrichment Program, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, March

2005: Scholar-in-Residence, Leadership Symposium, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

2003 – 2015: Principal and Faculty, African Presidential Archives and Research Center, Boston University and Morehouse College Collaborative

2001 – 2002: Visiting Scholar, Leadership Roundtable, The Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2001 – 2002: Visiting Professor, African American Religious Studies, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1990 – 1991: Visiting Professor, Afro‑American Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1987 – 1991: Assistant Professor, Christian Ethics, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, Tennessee

1986 – 1987: Assistant Professor of Religion and University Chaplain, Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Teaching Activity at Boston University

2018: The Religious Thinking of Howard Thurman, course code: STH-TS-804-A1

2018: Ethical Leadership: Character, Civility, and Community, course code: STH-TS-801-A1

2018: The Ethical Leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., course code: STH-TS-822-A1

2018: Ethical Leadership and African American Moral Traditions, course code: STH-TS-836-A1

2018: DS SOCIAL ETHIC, course code: STH-TS-992-F1

2017: Ethical Leadership: Character, Civility, and Community, course code: STH-TS-801-A1

2017: The Religious Thinking of Howard Thurman, course code: STH-TS-804-A1

2017: DS SOC ETHIC, course code: STH-TS-991-F1

2017: DS SOCIAL ETHIC, course code: STH-TS-992-F1

2016: DS SOC ETHIC, course code: STH-TS-991-F1

2016: Contextual Education II, course code: STH-TC-802-B1

2016: DS SOC ETHICS, course code: STH-TS-892-F1

2016: DS SOCIAL ETHIC, course code: STH-TS-992-F1

2016: The Ethical Leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., course code: KHC-TH-101-A1

2016: Contextual Analysis and Transformational Leadership, course code: STH-DM-902-A1

2015: DS SOC ETHIC, course code: STH-TS-991-F1

2015: Contextual Education I, course code: STH-TC-801-B1

2015: DS SOCIAL ETHIC, course code: STH-TS-992-F1

2015: The Religious Thinking of Howard Thurman, course code: STH-TS-804-A1

2015: Contextual Analysis and Transformational Leadership, course code: STH-DM-902-A1

2014: The Ethical Leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., course code: STH-TS-822-A1

2014: DS SOC ETHICS, course code: STH-TS-891-F1, Ethical Leadership and African American Moral Traditions, course code: STH-TS-863-A1

2014: The Religious Thinking of Howard Thurman, course code: STH-TS-804-A1

2014: DS SOC ETHICS, course code: STH-TS-892-F1

2014: DS SOCIAL ETHIC, course code: STH-TS-992-F1

2014: Practices of Faith II, course code: STH-TF-704-A1

Selected Fellowships, Awards, and Distinctions

2018: Education Maker, The HistoryMakers, https://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/walter-fluker

2018: Faculty Advisor, The HistoryMakers Higher Education Advisory Board

2018: Advisor and Consultant, “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story,” Journey Films, Film Documentary Project on Howard Thurman

2018: Editor and Director, Howard Thurman Papers Project, Modern African American Freedom Struggle Digital Publishing Cooperative, Mellon Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives Planning Grants, National Historical Publications and Record Commission, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

2016-2017: Principal Investigator, The Louisville Foundation Sabbatical Grant, “The Sound of The Genuine: Howard Thurman’s Sermon Series”

2016-2017: Principal Investigator, Boston University Center for The Humanities, Project For The Digitization Of The Papers Of Howard Washington Thurman, Boston University, Boston, MA

2016: Black Excellence in Boston Religious Studies Honoree, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Boston University, Boston, MA

2016: Outstanding Black Graduates Honoree, Forty-Fifth Anniversary of The Center for Church and the Black Experience (CBE), Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL

2014-2015: Principal Investigator, The Ford Foundation, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative for the Development of Ethical Leadership, Boston University, Boston, MA

2014-2016: Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Howard Thurman Papers Project, Boston University School of Theology, Boston, MA

2013-2015: Principal Investigator, The Lilly Endowment, The Howard Thurman Papers Project, Boston University School of Theology, Boston, MA

2009 – 2013: Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Howard Thurman Papers Project, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, 2009-2010; Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Ma, 2010-2013

2012: Visionary Award, 15th Anniversary Coca-Cola Pre-College Program, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

2012: Presidential Award, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, for Chair of Visitors Committee, The Center for Church and the Black Experience, Evanston, IL

2008 – 2010: Inaugural Skirball Professorship, United Negro College Fund, The Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

2008 – 2009: Principal Investigator, Grants for the Development of The Howard Thurman Papers Project, Lilly Endowment, The Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

2005: Principal Investigator, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Award for the Public Leadership Initiative, The Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

2004 – 2010: Endowed Coca-Cola Chair, Leadership Studies, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

1998 – 2010: Principal Investigator, Coca-Cola Foundation, Pre-College Summer Program, An Orientation to Ethical Leadership, The Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

2005 – 2010: Principal Investigator, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, Oprah South African Leadership Project, The Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

2004 – 2012: Principal Investigator, The Louisville Institute for the Study of Protestantism and American Culture, Study Grant for Research and Writing, The Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

2004 – 2006: Principal Investigator, The Henry Luce Foundation, grants for the development of

2011 – 2013: The Howard Thurman Papers Project, The Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

2005: Principal Investigator, The Alcoa Foundation, South African International Leadership Program, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

2005: Faculty Grant, United Parcel Services, South African International Leadership Program, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

2002 – 2001: Principal Investigator, Planning Grant for Theological Exploration of Vocation, The Lilly Endowment, The Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

1994 – 2001: Principal Investigator, Grants for Howard Thurman Papers Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts

1994 – 2011: Principal Investigator, Awards for Howard Thurman Papers Project, National Historical Records and Publications, Washington, D.C.

1992 – 2005: Principal Investigator, Grants for the Development Howard Thurman Papers Project, Lilly Endowment, The Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

1993 – 1997: Principal Investigator, Grant for National Resource Center for the Development of Ethical Leadership from the Black Church Tradition, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

1996: Principal Investigator, Grant for The Study of the Capacity of the Black Church to Provide Services and Support to At-Risk and Gang-Related Youth, The Ford Foundation

1994: Principal Investigator, Award for Study, Louisville Institute for the Study of Protestantism and American Culture, Study Grant for Research and Writing – Howard Thurman Papers Project

1993: African-American Who’s Who, Greater Rochester Area First Edition, Mike F. Molaire, Rochester, NY: Norex Publications.

1990 – 1991: Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois, Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowship, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1990 – 1991: Theological Scholarship and Research Award, The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada

1990 – 1991: University Fellowship, Vanderbilt University Research Council, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

1982 & 1985: Johnson Memorial Scholarship, Hampden Association of the United Church of Christ, Massachusetts, summers

1981 – 1982: Whitney M. Young Fellowship, Boston University, Boston, MA

1980 – 1982: Doctoral Fellowship for the Study of Religion for Black North Americans, The Fund for Theological Education

1979: Fellow, The Howard Thurman Educational Trust Fund, San Francisco, California

1979: Graduate Research Fellow, The Community Renewal Society of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Research and Publications

Fluker’s recent publications include The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman, and a 2016 publication The Ground Has Shifted: The Future of the Black Church in Post-Racial America that received the Theology and Religious Studies PROSE Award honorable mention.

Monographs

The Ground Has Shifted: The Black Church in Post-Racial America. New York: New York University Press, 2016

Ethical Leadership and the Quest for Character, Civility, and Community. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2009

They Looked for a City: A Comparative Analysis of the Ideal of Community in the Thought of Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1989

Edited Volumes

The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman: Volume Five: The Wider Ministry, January 1963–April 1981. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2019.

Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, in press.

The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman: Volume Four: The Soundless Passion of a Single Mind, June 1949 December 1962.Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2017.

The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman: Volume Three: The Bold Adventure, September 1943 – May 1949. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2015.

Educating Ethical Leaders for the Twenty-First Century, edited with foreword by W. Massey. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2013.

The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman: Volume Two: “Christian, Who Calls Me Christian?” April 1936-August 1943. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2012.

The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman: Volume One: My People Need Me, June 1918 – March 1936. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2009.

Black Leaders and Ideologies in the South: Resistance and Nonviolence, edited with P. King. New York, NY: Routledge, 2005.

The Stones that the Builders Rejected: The Development of Ethical Leadership from the Black Church Tradition. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 1998.

A Strange Freedom: The Best of Howard Thurman, edited with Catherine Tumber. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1998.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

“The Inward Sea: Mapping Interior Landmarks for Leaders” in Anchored in the Current: The Eternal Wisdom of Howard Thurman in a Changing World, edited by Gregory C. Ellison, Westminster John Knox Publishers, November 2020, with press.

“Plenty Good Room: MLK’s Vision of the World House and the Ethical Question of Global Citizenship” in The Great World House in the Twenty-First Century: Reclaiming the Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by Vicki Crawford and Lewis V. Baldwin, Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2019.

“Transformed Nonconformity” in Revive My Soul Again: The Spirituality of Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by Lewis V. Baldwin and Victor Anderson, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2018. Reprint.

“Shape-Shifting: Cultural Hauntings, Contested Post-Racialism, the Black church and Theological Imagination” in Color and Transcendence: Contested Post-Racialism and Conflicted Churches in the US and South Africa, edited by R. Drew Smith, William Ackah, Anthony Reddie, Rothney Tshaka. Oxford, Mississippi: University of Mississippi Press, 2015, pp. 37-64.

“Strategies and Resources for Ethical Leadership Education in the 21st Century,” in Educating Ethical Leaders for the Twenty-First Century, edited with Foreword by W. Massey. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2013.

“Looking for Martin: Black Leadership in an Era of Contested Post-Racism and Post-Blackness,” in The Domestication of Martin Luther King, Jr: Clarence B. Jones, Right-Wing Conservatism, and the Manipulation of the King Legacy, edited by Lewis V. Baldwin and Rufus Burrows, Jr. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013, pp. 73-99.

“Leaders Who Have Shaped U.S. Religious Dialogue,” in Howard Thurman: Intercultural and Interreligious Leader” in Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook, Volume 2, edited by Sharon Henderson Callahan. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2013, pp. 571-578.

Foreword, Visions of a Better World: Howard Thurman’s Pilgrimage to India and the Origins of African American Nonviolence, Quinton Dixie and Peter Eisenstadt. Boston: Beacon Press, 2011, pp. vii-x.

“Dangerous Memories and Redemptive Possibilities: Howard Thurman and Black Leadership in the South,” in Black Leaders and Ideologies in the South: Resistance and Non-Violence, edited by Preston King and Walter Earl Fluker. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis, 2004, pp. 147-176.

“Recognition, Respectability, and Loyalty: The Quest for Civility Among Black Churches,” in New Day Begun: Black Churches, Public Influences, and American Civic Culture, edited by R. Drew Smith. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003, pp. 113-141.

“The Politics of Conversion and the Civilization of Friday,” The Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center, Vol. XXI, Nos. 1 and 2, Fall 1993/Spring 1994; Reprint in Quinton H. Dixie and Cornel West, The Courage to Hope: From Black Suffering to Human Redemption. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1999.

“Old Songs and Strong Arms: Remembering Daddy,” in Father Songs: Testimonies by African-American Sons and Daughters, edited by Gloria Wade‑Gayles. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1997, pp. 243-247.

“Dear Teddy and Robert and Bay ‘Broh,” in From One Brother to Another: Voices of African American Men, edited by William J. Key, R. Johnson Smith, and Robert Johnson-Smith. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: Judson Press, 1996.

“Howard Thurman’s Vision of National Community,” in The Human Search: Howard Thurman and the Quest for Freedom: Proceedings of the Second Annual Thurman Convocation (Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial), edited by Mozella G. Mitchell. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishing, 1992.

Journal Articles

“Now We Must Cross a Sea: Remarks on Transformational Leadership and the Civil Rights Movement.” Boston University Law Review, 95, no. 3 (2015): 1225-1232.

“Leading Ethically at the Intersection Where Worlds Collide.” Leader to Leader, Number 54 (Fall 2009): 32-38.

“The Quest for Character, Civility, and Community: Preparing Students for Ethical Complexity at the Intersection Where Worlds Collide.” Liberal Education: Association of American Colleges and Universities, 97, no. 3-4 (Summer-Fall 2011): 14-21.

“Transformed Nonconformity in the Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr.” Princeton Theological Bulletin, Spring 2004.

“They Looked for a City: A Comparison of the Ideal of Community in Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr.” The Journal of Religious Ethics 18, no. 2 (Fall 1990), 33-55.

Essays, Commissioned Reports, and Popular Writing

“Charlottesville, Civility and Contested Democratic Space”, IMPACT, Vol. 7 No. 2, Summer 2018, The Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, Boston University. http://sites.bu.edu/impact/previous-issues/impact-summer-2018/charlottesville-civility-and-contested-democratic-space/

“In this Week of Passion, I Startle Myself.” Blog of Bread for the World. April 9, 2017. http://www.bread.org/blog/week-passion-i-startle-myself.

“Voices Crying in the Wilderness,” in FOCUS: Boston University School of Theology Magazine, 2016. https://www.bu.edu/sth/files/2017/07/STH_focus_SP16_Final.pdf

“Cultural Identity and Inclusive Societies: Infusing Diversity and Culture into Character Education,” in “Creating Sites of Global Citizenship: The Mellon Fellow Community Initiative.” Salzburg, Austria: Salzburg Global Seminar, 2013, pp. 71-76.

“Cultural Asylums and the Jungles Planted in Them: The Exilic Condition of African American Males and the Black Church,” for Religious Practices in Global Contexts: “Religion, Conflict, and Peacemaking,” Boston University School of Theology Religion Fellow Program (2010-2011), Boston University School of Theology, Spring 2011.

President-Elect Barack Obama: Race Has Been Haunting This Election,” U. S. News and World Report, November 5, 2008, http://www.usnews.com/articles/opinion/2008/11/05/president-elect-barack-obama-race-has-been-haunting-this-election/comments/

“At the Intersection Where Worlds Collide: The Quest for Character, Civility, and Community,” Strategies and Resources for Infusing Diversity and Culture in Character Education, Commissioned Paper, Department of Education, Washington, DC, August 18, 2008, http://www.cetac.org/ResearchSymposium.cfm.

“Spirituality, Ethics, and Leadership.” Spirituality in Higher Education, Higher Education Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, Volume IV, Issue 3, June 2008, pp. 1-4.

“Shared Vision and Values.” Business to Business, December 2005.

“Needed: Ethical Leadership in the Aftermath of Katrina.” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 6 October 2005: 35.

“Somewhere, Sometime, Someplace: The Call to Ethical Leadership.” Convergence, Volume 4, Number 1 (Spring 2005): 120-123.

“Spirituality, Ethics and Leadership: An HBCU Perspective.” (Reprint), The Circle, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity, Fall 2001.

“Raising Up Sons and Daughters Unto Abraham: The Capacity of African Churches to Provide Services and Support to At-Risk and Gang-Related Youth.” A Report to the Ford Foundation, 1999.

“Valley Calls: A Sermon.” The African-American Pulpit, Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, Spring 1998.

“Howard Thurman.” Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History, MacMillan Reference Library, 1995.

God’s Love Comes to Us at Christmas.” National Baptist Union Review, December 1988.

“Footprints of a Dream: The Continuing Significance of the Fellowship Church for All Peoples.” The Spire, Winter 1989.

“Keepers of the Dream.” The Listening Ear, Fall 1989.

Invited Talks and Presentations

Scholarly Papers and Presentations

Panelist, Civility and Contested Democratic Space: Teaching Interconnectedness: The Dynamics of Nature, Ecology and the Whole Child, The Next Wave in K-12 Education: The Spiritual Core Of The Whole Child, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, November 4, 2019.

Keynote Lecturer, “Ethical Leadership and the Quest for Civility”, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. November 7, 2019.

Panelist with Mozella Mitchell, “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story”, Continuing Education Program and Black Church Studies Program, Princeton Theological Seminary, October 8, 2019.

Panelist, “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story”, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, July 11, 2019.

Panelist, “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story”, Film documentary Journey Films. Boston University, Boston, MA, February 8, 2019.

Respondent, Panel Discussion of “400 Years Hence…: Remembering Jamestown”, “Society of Christian Ethics”, Louisville, Kentucky, January 5, 2019.

Lecturer, Visiting Distinguished Professor McDonald Lecture Series, Candler School of Theology, “Walking with God: Preparation, Presence and Practice” October 23, 2018; “Speaking from Sites Reserved for the Dead: Lingering Memories of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Great Mistake Jamestown Made Long Ago”, November 29, 2018. candler.emory.edu/news/releases/2018/09/mcdonald-lectures.html.

Respondent to Gary Dorrien, Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018). American Academy of Religion, November 2018.

Respondent, Panel Discussion of The Ground Has Shifted: The Future of the Black Church in Post-Racial America. Panelists included: Jonathan Walton (Harvard University); Teddy Hickman-Maynard, Pamela Lightsey, and Hyebin Hong (Boston University School of Theology), Boston University School of Theology, Boston, MA, November 30, 2017.

Presider, Black Theology Unit, Michelle Alexander and Walter Fluker: The Mystical-Prophetic in Black—A Special Look at Mass Incarceration and the Black Lives Matter Movement, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Boston, MA, November 19, 2017.

Presider, Twentieth Annual Black Religious Scholars Group Consultation, Union United Methodist Church, Boston, MA, November 17, 2017.

Lecturer, Black Theology and Leadership Institute, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, July 17, 2017.

Panelist, The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference Annual Meeting, Richmond, VA, February 21, 2017.

“Congregating, Conjuring, and Conspiring in Commons: Proposal for Developing Ethical Leaders in Community.” The David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D. Health Equity Research Seminar Series. Morehouse College School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. February 19, 2016.

Speaker, “Philanthropy in the Global Age,” Inaugural Program of the Global Friends Group of the Tse Foundation and the Salzburg Global Seminar, Hong Kong, China, December 4, 2015.

Keynote and Facilitator, Liberating Theologies: Social Justice in the Black Church Today, Continuing Education’s Second Black Theology and Leadership Institute, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, July 19, 2014.

Lecturer and Co-Dean of the Conference with Dr. Sharon Watson Fluker,” Building Ministries for the Common Good: Prophetic Witness, Ethical Leadership and the Quest for Global Justice”, 10th Annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Dallas, TX, February 18–19, 2013.

Keynote Speaker, “Scattered and Scattering . . . Black Church Activism and Contested Multiculturalism in Europe, North America, and South Africa”, Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race, Birbeck College, University of London, June 29–30, 2012.

Lecturer and Panel Discussant, “Cultural Asylums and the Jungles They Planted in Them: The Exilic Condition of Black Males in US Society,” Black Religion and Urban Space, Society for the Study of Black Religion Annual Meeting, Evanston, IL, March 14, 2013.

Panelist, “Response to Gary Dorrien, Obama Question: A Progressive Critique (Rowman and Littlefield, 2012),” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL, November 18, 2012.

“The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman, Volume 1, My People Need Me,” Editor Response to Cornel West, Clayborne Carson, and Barbara Holmes, Special Black Church History Session, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 1, 2008.

“The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman, Volume 1, My People Need Me,” Editor Response to Cornel West, Clayborne Carson, and Barbara Holmes, Special Black Church History Session, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, November 1, 2008.

“Waiting and Listening for the Sound of the Genuine: Howard Thurman on Civic Life and Public Responsibility,” Presentation to American Society of Church History, January 2006.

“Opener of the Way: Howard Thurman as Mentor,” Society for the Study of Black Religion, Atlanta, GA, May 2000.

Invited Keynotes, Sermons, and Presentations

Invited, Speaker, “Swimming in Other Waters: Howard and Sue Bailey Thurman and Student Leadership”, The Dedication of the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, Boston University, December 3, 2019.

Invited, Lecturer, Visiting Distinguished Professor McDonald Lecture Series, Candler School of Theology, “Walking with God: Preparation, Presence and Practice” October 23:, 2018; “Speaking from Sites Reserved for the Dead: Lingering Memories of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Great Mistake Jamestown Made Long Ago”, November 29, 2018.

Invited, Keynote Speaker, Boston University Academy Commencement Ceremony, Boston, MA, May 21, 2018.

Invited, Guest Preacher, Union Baptist Church, Cambridge MA, March 18 and March 25, 2018.

Invited, Symposium Panelist, “Furthering the Common Ground,” A Panel of the BU Alumni Association and the Black Alumni Leadership Council, Boston University, Boston, MA, March 1, 2018.

Guest Preacher, “Plenty Good Room,” Marsh Chapel Worship Service, Boston University, Boston, MA, January 14, 2018.

Keynote Speaker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, Springfield, CT, January 13, 2017.

Keynote Speaker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Lecture, Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, OH, January 6, 2018.

Workshop Facilitator, “Inclusion, Belonging and Diversity: An Ethical Leadership Approach” Peralta Community Colleges Faculty and Staff Workshop, Peralta, CA, November 9, 2017.

Moderator, “Faith in Action: Poverty and the Racialization of Economy: A Panel Discussion,” Boston University, Boston, MA, October 19, 2017.

Keynote Speaker, Convocation, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC, August 22, 2017.

Workshop Facilitator, “Ethical Leadership,” Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC, August 22, 2017.

Guest Faculty, “Finding God: Mapping Landscapes and Domains of the Spirit,” Three-Day Workshop Series at Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry, “Hope for Our Future: From Weeping to Working for Justice for Our Children,” Haley Farm, Clinton, TN, July 18-July 20, 2017.

Lecture, “The Ground Has Shifted: The Future of the Black Church in Post-Racial America,” Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry, “Hope for Our Future: From Weeping to Working for Justice for Our Children,” Haley Farm, Clinton, TN, July 21, 2017.

Workshop Facilitator, “At the Intersection Where Worlds Collide,” Workshop on Ethical Leadership for Georgia State Superintendents Association, Atlanta, GA, April 21, 2017.

Guest Preacher, Centennial Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago, IL, March 19, 2017.

Guest Preacher, “In this Season of Lent, I Startle Myself!” Chicago Temple Lenten Preaching Series, Chicago, IL, March 15, 2017.

Workshop Facilitator, “Diversity and Inclusion,” Huntington Ingalls Industry, Richmond, VA, February 22, 2017.

Guest Speaker and Preacher, “The Ground Has Shifted: Leadership and Liberation in Black,” St. John’s Church (UCC), St. Louis, MO, February 19, 2017.

Workshop Facilitator, “Ethical Leadership,” Two-Day Workshop Series, Deaconess Foundation, St. Louis, MO, February 16-17, 2017.

Keynote Speaker, Bentley University’s 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, Waltham, MA, 24 January 2017.

Keynote Speaker, Ferrum College Martin Luther King Day Event, Ferrum, VA, January 16, 2017.

Workshop Leader, “Ethical Leadership,” The Peralta Community College District Workforce Development and Continuing Education Workshop, Peralta, CA, December 2 -3, 2016.

Invited Luminary, Howard Thurman Luminaries Gathering, Haley Farm, Clinton, TN, September 15, 2016.

Guest Preacher, “Valley Calls,” Bethany Baptist Church, Newark, N.J., February 29, 2016.

Keynote Speaker, “Congregating, Conjuring, and Conspiring in Commons: Proposal for Developing Ethical Leaders in Community,” The David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D. Health Equity Research Seminar Series, Morehouse College School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, February 19, 2016.

Respondent, “BALTIMORE,” Post-production conversation on race and community, Lame-Comley Studio 210, Boston, MA, February 13, 2016.

Keynote Speaker. “Ethical Leadership and Diversity,” Kilichand Honors College, Boston University, Boston, MA, January 30, 2016.

Public Lecture, “Boston University’s Influence on Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Howard Gotlieb Discovery Seminar Series, Boston, MA, January 28, 2016.

Workshop Facilitator, “Building a House for Racial Equality,” Workshop for Administrators and Staff, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Richmond, VA, January 25, 2017.

Guest Preacher, “Voices in the Wilderness,” Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington, DC, January 17, 2016.

Speaker, “Philanthropy in the Global Age,” Inaugural Program of the Global Friends Group of the Tse Foundation and the Salzburg Global Seminar, Hong Kong, China, December 4, 2015.

Keynote Speaker, “Ethical Leadership: Character, Civility, and Community,” Payne Theological Seminary Founder’s Day, Dayton, OH, November 17, 2015.

Keynote Speaker, “Ethical Leadership,” Boston University Alumni Event, Boston, MA, November 5, 2015.

Keynote Speaker, “Congregating, Conjuring, and Conspiring in Commons: Global Citizenship in a New Rhythm,” Global Citizenship Summit of the Mellon-Global Citizenship Program, Atlanta, GA, October 31, 2015.

Speaker, “Howard Thurman: Influences and Influence,” The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, Jamaica Plain, MA, October 7, 2015.

Panelist, One World Rising Global Webcast, Evolve-Magazine, Frankfurt, Germany, September 13, 2015.

Workshop Facilitator, “Diversity is Every Body’s Business: Engaging Diversity in Community,” Faculty Retreat Workshop at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, August 14, 2015.

Online Program Leader, “At the Intersection Where Worlds Collide: The Quest for Character, Civility, and Community,” National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and Omicron Delta, Kappa, July 1, 2015 and July 22, 2015.

Panelist, “BUnited for Baltimore,” Boston University, Boston, MA, May 8, 2015.

Guest Preacher, “Voices in the Wilderness,” The Memorial Church, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, January 18, 2015.

Speaker, Anniversary Celebration of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Boston, MA, November 16, 2014.

Consultant and Preacher, The Greater Buffalo United Ministries, Buffalo, NY, September 22, 2014.

Guest Preacher, 134th Anniversary of Homecoming Celebration, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA, 2014, September 21, 2014.

Keynote and Facilitator, Liberating Theologies: Social Justice in the Black Church Today, Continuing Education’s Second Black Theology and Leadership Institute, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, July 19, 2014.

Workshop Facilitator, “Ethical Leadership Workshop for Professional Educators,” Race to the Top, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, June 27-28, 2014.

Workshop Facilitator, Workshop for Professional Educators, Georgia State Superintendent’s Association, Athens, GA, March 25, 2014.

Distinguished Lecturer, “Cultural Asylums and the Jungles Planted in Them: The Exilic Condition of African American Males in a Post-Industrial, Post-Modern World” and “Tools of the Spirit: Identity, Otherness and Human Flourishing and the Exilic Condition of African American Males,” Paul Allen Lecture Series, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, February 17, 2014.

Keynote Speaker, “Running Errands: The Leadership Legacy of Nelson Mandela,” Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela, The Citywide Revival Coordinating Committee, Twelfth Baptist Church, Roxbury, MA, February 9, 2014.

Consultant and Presenter, “Ethical Leadership and the Politics of Change,” The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, Chicago, IL, January 23-24, 2014.

Guest Preacher, “The Welcome Table: Welcoming the Unwelcomed,” Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Worship Service, Marsh Chapel, Boston University, Boston, MA, January 19, 2014.

Panelist, “The Voice of Conscience: Civil Rights, Post Civil Rights and the Future Freedom Struggle, “A Conference in honor of the Retirement of Dr. Lewis V. Baldwin, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, November 9, 2013.

Keynote Speaker, “Practicing the Art of Civility,” Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community and Democratic Thinking Conference, Lone Star State-Kingwood College, Kingwood, TX, November 8, 2013.

Keynote Speaker, “We Have Crossed an Ocean, Now We Must Cross a Sea: Free at Last? MLK and the Dream 50 Years Later,” Boston University Alumni Association, Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, The Hamilton Hotel, Washington, DC, August 26, 2013.

Keynote Speaker, “Staying Awake!” Freshman Orientation, George Sherman Union Student Center, Boston University, Boston, MA, July 19, 2013, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZkBq-qWQCs&feature=youtu.be&a

Workshop Leader and Consultant, “At the Intersection Where Worlds Collide: Ethical Leadership Education among Educational Professionals,” Race to the Top Program, a partnership between Morehouse College and the DeKalb Public Schools, Atlanta, GA, June 28-30, 2013.

Workshop Leader and Consultant, “Creating the Beloved Community: The Quest for Character, Civility and Community,” The Coca-Cola Pre-College Leadership Program, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, June 15-21, 2013.

Moderator and Convener, “Emerging Leaders, Democracy and the Future of Africa,” Boston University African Presidential Center, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, June 6, 2013.

Co-convener and Moderator (with Preston King, Morehouse College), “Justice: Violence and Forgiveness,” 2013 RC31 International Political Science Association Conference, sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative for Ethical Leadership, Boston University, Boston, MA, May 21-22, 2013.

Workshop Leader and Consultant, “Ethical Leadership and Educational Professionals,” The Superintendent Professional Development Program of the Georgia School Superintendents Association, Atlanta, GA, April 12-13, 2013.

Lecturer and Workshop Facilitator, “Navigating the Intersections: Ethical leadership, Education, Advocacy and Social Justice,” Symposium on Social Justice and Poverty, Oklahoma City, OK, March 8, 2013.

Lecturer, “Ethical Leadership and Community Health,” The David Satcher Community Health Institute, Morehouse College of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, February 22, 2013.

Lecturer, “Looking for Martin: Black Leadership in a Post-Racial Society,” Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture, Claremont School of Religion, Claremont, CA, February 5, 2013.

Lecturer and Presenter, “Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington: Looking Back Fifty Years,” Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, January 23, 2013.

Keynote Speaker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, Framingham Community Church, Natick, MA, January 21, 2013.

Invited Speaker, “Free at Last,” BUniverse Series on Martin Luther King, Jr., BUniverse, Boston, MA, January 14, 2013, http://www.bu.edu/buniverse/view/?v=1iJLJD1AD.

Guest Preacher, “Fifty Years Later . . . The Dream Continues,” Sermon preached in Marsh Chapel on the Occasion of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Birthday Celebration,” Boston University, Boston, MA, Radio WBUR, January 18, 2013, http://blogs.bu.edu/sermons/2013/01/.

Respondent to “Mountaintop,” play performed at the Underground Railroad Theater in Central Square, Cambridge, MA, January 20, 2013.

Panelist, New Repertory Theater’s “RACE,” Boston, MA, October 21, 2012.

Principal, National Conference on Mass Incarceration and Reentry, Boston University School of Theology, Boston, MA, October 18–20, 2012.

Keynote Speaker, “The Ground Has Shifted,” National Progressive Baptist Convention Leadership Summit, Virginia Beach, Virginia, October 8, 2012.

Invited Participant, Faith Leaders National Education Policy Summit, Atlanta, GA, September 21, 2012.

Lecturer and Presenter, “Ethical Leadership and Diversity,” Association of American Colleges and Universities Summer Institute in Washington, D.C., University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, July 29–August 2, 2012.

Workshop Leader and Consultant, “At the Intersection Where Worlds Collide: Ethical Leadership Education among Educational Professionals,” Race to the Top Program, a partnership between Morehouse College and the Clayton County Public Schools, June 23-24, 2012, Atlanta, GA.

Presenter, “Cultural Asylums and the Jungles Planted in Them: The Exilic Condition of African American Males and the Black Church,” for Religious Practices in Global Contexts: “Religion, Conflict, and Peacemaking,” Boston University School of Theology Religion Fellow Program (2010-2011), Boston University School of Theology, Boston, MA, Spring 2011.

Keynote Speaker, “Preparing Students for Ethical Complexity at the Intersections Where Worlds Collide,” The Association of American Colleges and Universities, San Francisco, CA, January 28, 2011.

Keynote Speaker, “Ethical Leadership: Advancing Our Common Good by Tackling Our Toughest Issues,” Executive Breakfast Forum sponsored by The Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University at The Capital City Club, Atlanta, GA, April 28, 2010.

Invited Guest Preacher and Lecturer, “Martin Luther King, Jr. in a Post-Racial, Post-American World,” The Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series and two sermons, “Valley Calls” and “Play Your Parts Well!,” Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC, April 6–7, 2010.

Interviewee, “Walter Earl Fluker: Naming a Place Called Home,” Interview, Faith and Leadership, Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC, April 27, 2010, http://www.faithandleadership.com/qa/walter-earl-fluker-naming-place-called-home.

Keynote Speaker, “The Ground Has Shifted: The Black Church in a Post Racial? Post American? World,” The K. Brooke Anderson Lecture, Brown University, Providence, RI, March 1, 2010.

Keynote Speaker, “Ethical Leadership in a Globalized World: Educating Leaders for the Church, the Academy and the World” and ” Ethical Leadership, The Church and the Global Economy,” Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL, February 25–27, 2010.

Keynote Speaker,” “Cal Turner Leadership Breakfast with Walter Earl Fluker,” Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN, February 18, 2010, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B2tNLebsCM.

Keynote Speaker and Workshop Facilitator, “The Challenge of Ethical Leadership in Africa: A Teach-In,” workshop for members of the Johannesburg City Council, Johannesburg, South Africa, May 23, 2010.

Workshop Facilitator, “At the Intersections Where Worlds Collide,” Professional Development Training Workshop, Georgia School Superintendents Association, Atlanta, GA, April 17–18, 2009.

Keynote Speaker, “The Ground Has Shifted: The Black Church in a Post-American World,” Fifth Annual Black Church Summit—Where Do We Go From Here? Black Church Traditions, Textures and Transformations, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, January 23, 2009.

Keynote Speaker, “Martin Luther King, Jr. as Global Citizen,” The Mellon Fellows Community Initiative, Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria, January 9, 2009.

Distinguished Lecturer and Presenter, “Ethical Leadership in Global Perspective,” series of lectures and presentations in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Vadodra, and Kolkata, India, The United States Department of State, U.S. Embassy Speaker/Specialist Program, September 16–26, 2008.

Distinguished Lecturer and Presenter, “Ethical Leadership in Global Perspective,” series of lectures and presentations in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, and Nanning, China, The United States Department of State, U.S. Embassy Speaker/Specialist Program, March 24–April 5, 2008.

Workshop Facilitator, “Leadership Matters—A Teach-in on Ethical Leadership Practices Among Emerging Leaders,” Annual workshops for national and international students from colleges and universities in Africa and the United States, Boston University Presidential Archives and Research Center, Boston University, Boston, MA, Spring 2007 and 2008.

Panelist and Respondent, “Targeting Disparities by Developing Diversity in Health Leadership,” The Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine in conjunction with the Seventh Annual Primary Care and Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA, September 12, 2007.

Keynote Speaker, “Ethical Leadership and Liberal Arts Education,” Core Commitments Summer Institute, The Association of American Colleges and Universities, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, July 2007.

Keynote Speaker, “Ethical Leadership Among Youth Populations,” The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Inc. Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, May 2007.

Lecturer and Presenter, “Ethical Leadership: At the Intersection Where Worlds Collide,” Series of lectures and presentations in Delhi, Udaipur, Baroda, and Mumbai, India, January 29–February 2, 2007.

Lecturer, “Beware of the Unicorns: Spirituality, Ethics and Leadership,” Howard Thurman Lectureship, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, NY, October 2006.

Guest Speaker, “The Power of Ethical Leadership,” Democratic Leadership Council’s National Conversation, featuring Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton, Evan Bayh, Tom Carpe, Ken Salazar and 700 other participants from around the country, Denver, CO, July 2006.

Presenter and Facilitator, “Defining a Leader of Innovation, Inspiration, Integrity and Impact: An Exercise of Imagination” The Goldman Sachs 2006 Global Leaders Program, New York, NY, July 2006.

Keynote Speaker, “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?,” Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Address, The Greater Rochester Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and the Community Faith Alliance, Rochester, NY, January 2006.

Keynote Speaker, “At the Intersection Where Worlds Collide: Ethical Leadership and Public Life,” Keynote Address and Presentation to the First Annual Public Leadership Conference, The Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, November 2005.

Presenter, “Chapter One: The Ground Has Shifted,” Presentation to The National Leadership Symposium, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, July 2005.

Presenter and Facilitator, “Preparing for Global Leadership: An Exercise in Self-Discovery,” The Goldman Sachs 2005 Global Leaders Program, Columbia University, New York, NY, July 2005.

Keynote Speaker, “Catching the Spirit: The Call to Ethical Leadership and Youth”, A New Day in Hough Ward Youth Conference, Cleveland, OH, May 2005.

Presenter, “Ethical Leadership in Public Life,” Presentation to Mayor’s Cabinet (in collaboration with IBM) Atlanta City Government, Atlanta, GA, March 2005.

Keynote Speaker, Series of Lectures and Public Conversations, The School for the Common Good, Westminster Schools and The Benjamin E. Mays High School, Atlanta, GA, Spring 2005.

Keynote Speaker, “Building New Roads to the Future,” The Feast of the Absalom Jones, The Episcopal Dioceses of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, February 2005.

Keynote Speaker, “The Second Journey: A Call to New Leaders,” The Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, January 2005.

Distinguished Speaker, “Ethical Leadership,” series of lectures and presentations as Distinguished Speaker, U.S. Embassy Speaker/Specialist Program, Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria, 2004.

Keynote Speaker, “Petition to a Sleeping God: HIV/AIDS and Faith-Based Communities,” HIV/AIDS and Faith-Based Communities Conference, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, September 2004.

Lecturer, “Lectures on Authentic Leadership Practices,” The Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa, August 2004.

Keynote Speaker, “Ethical Leadership for Emerging Leaders,” The Global Leaders Program, Goldman Sachs Foundation and the Institute of International Leadership, July 2004.

Keynote Speaker, “A Message for Dreamers: Critical Theory and Practice in the Leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, January 2004.

Keynote Speaker, “Transformed Nonconformity in the Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, December 2003.

Distinguished Guest Lecturer, “Re-thinking Vocation, Leadership Theory and Practice in the New Millennium (A Three-Part Lecture Series)” Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC, November 2003.

Keynote Speaker, “The Ground Has Shifted: Re-thinking Black Church Traditions,” McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, May 2003.

Presenter, “Spirituality and Leadership,” Seminar on Leadership Practice, Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg, Austria, February 2003.

Keynote Speaker, “Martin Luther King, Jr. and Global Leadership,” Atlanta Rotary Club, Carter Center and Morehouse College Summit, Atlanta, George, January 2003.

Keynote Speaker, “Howard Thurman and Emerging Religious Leadership,” Annual Howard Thurman Lecture, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, Rochester, NY, October 2002.

Keynote Speaker, “Come and Go With Me to That Land Where I’m Bound,” United Black Anglican Annual Conference, Hartford, CT, June 2001.

Keynote Speaker, “Spirituality, Ethics, and Leadership: Resources for Developing Christian Educators,” Garrett-Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL, April 2001.

Keynote Speaker, “Recognition, Respectability, and Loyalty: The Quest for Civility Among Black Churches,” The Public Influences of African American Churches, Washington, D.C., December 2000.

Keynote Speaker, “Building New Roads to the Future: Black Churches and Call to Ethical Leadership.” The Congress of National Black Churches, Washington, D.C., September 1999.

Keynote Speaker, “Waiting and Listening for the Sound of the Genuine: Utilizing Howard Thurman as a Critical Resource for the Development of Ethical Leadership,” Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA September 1999.

Keynote Speaker, “Stepping Up To Solutions: Ethical Leadership and Community Development.” Action for a Better Community Annual Dinner. Rochester, NY, June 1999.

Keynote Speaker, “Vision 2000: Youth Development — Community Leadership: New Strategies for the New Millennium,” Office of Campus Diversity, University of Akron; Akron, OH, June 1999.

Keynote Speaker. “Standing At the Intersection Where Worlds Collide.” Keystone Conference, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, March 1999.

Presenter, “Ethical Leadership: An Approach to Developing Moral Awareness Among Youth Populations.” The Leader’s Institute of the Rochester School District, Rochester, NY, August 1998.

Keynote Speaker, “Developing a Moral Compass Among Youth.” The Boys & Girls Club of America, Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, May 1998.

Keynote Speaker, “Keepers of the Dream: A Call to Ethical Leadership for the New Millennium,” Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, November 1998.

Keynote Speaker, “Ethical Leadership and Spirituality,” Educators’ Conference, The James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, June 1998.

Respondent, “Christianity and African Traditional Religion: The Ghanaian Case: A Response to Professor Noah K. Dzobo,” University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana, June 1998.

Panelist, “Round Table Discussion on Race in the American Story,” with Senator Bill Bradley, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, April 1998.

Keynote Speaker, “Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Challenge of Hope for the New Millennium,” Centro Martin Luther King, Havana, Cuba, April 1998.

Keynote Speaker, “Ethical Leadership and Strategic Planning,” The Congress of National Black Churches, Washington, D.C., February 1998.

Keynote Speaker, “A Call to Dreamers at the Beginning of a New Millennium,” Second Annual New York State Governor’s Conference on Youth, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY, April 1997.

Keynote Speaker, “African Americans and Civil Rights: A Reappraisal,” Black History Month and Centennial Celebration, Voorhees College, Denmark, SC, February 1997.

Keynote Speaker, “Everybody Can Help Somebody; Every American Can Make A Difference,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Lecture, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, January 1997.

Popular Media Interviews

“Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Saint”, video for children by Paraclete Press, Brewster, MA. http://paracletepress.com, December 3, 2019.

“The Black Church”, PBS Documentary with Henry Louis Gates, McGee Media, New York, New York, October 7, 2019.

“How Howard Thurman Met Gandhi and Brought Nonviolence to the Civil Rights Movement” January 31, 2019, https://theconversation.com/how-howard-thurman-met-gandhi-and-brought-nonviolence-to-the-civil-rights-movement

“Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story”, Religion News Service Interview, January 14, 2019, https://religionnews.com/2019/01/17/howard-thurman-mentor-to-king-who-preached-nonviolence-featured-in-documentary/

“The Future of the Black Church in Post-Racial America,” Upfront, KPFA, July 3, 2017, https://kpfa.org/episode/upfront-july-3-2017/.

“The Ground Has Shifted,” News and Politics, KPFA, A Caravan Against Fear And San Jose Tenants on Hunger Strike, April 18, 2017, https://kpfa.org/episode/upfront-april-18-2017/.

“Politics and Grits Radio Show,” January 12, 2016.

“What is Black Leadership?” Basic Black, WGBH, Boston, MA, January 18, 2013, https://www.wgbh.org/program/basic-black/basic-black-live-what-is-black-leadership.

“Looking at the Pan-African Experience From a Different View,” with Rahwa Meharena, February 2, 2012, https://africasheartbeat.wordpress.com/tag/dr-walter-earl-fluker/.

“Walter Earl Fluker, Interview on Ethical Leadership Theory and Practice,” Featured Guest, Tavis Smiley, May 7, 2009, http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/archive/200905/20090507_fluker.html.

Media References

Valencia, Milton J., “Where Could a Martin Luther King Statue Go in Boston?” The Boston Globe, September 22, 2017, https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/09/22/where-could-martin-luther-king-statue-boston/g9MRWxpP4IcPnF6n68xPnM/story.html.

Kauffman, Gretel and Stacy Khadaroo, “Education Leaders Consider: When Should We Speak Up About Divisive Issues?” The Christian Science Monitor, August 30, 2017, https://www.csmonitor.com/EqualEd/2017/0830/Education-leaders-consider-When-should-we-speak-up-about-divisive-issues

Ecclesiastical Standing

1987: Received Ministerial Standing in the United Church of Christ through the New Orleans Association of the United Church of Christ

1979: Ordained to Christian Ministry by the Second Baptist Church, Evanston, IL

1972: Licensed to Preach by Centennial M.B. Church, Chicago, IL

Professional Service and Affiliations

2018-present: Member, Advisory Board, Higher Education

2015-present: Member, American Theological Society

2015-present: Advisor, College of William and Mary Executive Leadership Program, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

2014-present: Member, Advisory Committee, Mellon-Global Citizenship Program, Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria

2008-2012: Chair, Board of Visitors, Center for the Church and Black Experience, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL

2007-2010: Member, Advisory Board, Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility, Association of American Colleges and Universities

2005 – 2009: Member, Selection Committee, US News & World Report, America’s 30 Best Leaders, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2004 –2012: Member, Editorial Board, Liberal Education: Journal of Association of American Colleges and Universities, The American Association of Colleges and Universities

2008: Distinguished Speaker, US Embassy Speaker/Specialist Program, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, and Nanning, China

2008: Distinguished Speaker, US Embassy Speaker/Specialist Program, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Vadodra, and Kolkata, India

2007: Distinguished Speaker, US Embassy Speaker/Specialist Program, Delhi, Udaipur, Baroda, and Mumbai, India

2006: Distinguished Speaker, US Embassy Speaker/Specialist Program, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, and Durban, South Africa

2006: Panelist, Tavis Smiley’s Covenant with Black America Town Hall Tour, Atlanta, GA

2005: Judge, National HIV/AIDS Partnership (NHAP) Red Ribbon Leadership Award Panel, New York, NY

2005 – 2006: Fellow, Alice and William Pressly Class of 1956 Fellowship, The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, GA

2001 – 2005: Mentor, Emerging Leaders Programme, The Centre for Leadership and Public Values, Duke University and University of Cape Town, South Africa

2000: Advisor and faculty, “Looking Within: Leadership and Education,” Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg, Austria

1999 – 2002: Consultant and advisor, The Public Influences of African-American Churches Project, Morehouse College

1999:Consultant, Fetzer Institute, “Black Church Leadership,” Kalamazoo, Michigan

1998 – 2000: Consultant, Ford Foundation, Youth Development in South Africa, Ghana, and Sierra Leone

1997: Consultant, Blackside Productions, Inc. Film and Television Productions, “We’ve Come This Far by Faith: The African American Religious Experience,” documentary television series, Boston, MA

1996 & 1990: Evaluator, National Research Center Doctoral Fellowships for Minorities, Ford Foundation, Washington, D.C.

1996: Founder of VisionQuest Association, Inc.

1996: Consultant, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., “Black Churches in the Delivery of Day Care and Head Start: A National Study, Washington, D.C.

1996: Consultant, Case Western Reserve University, Department of Family Medicine, “Black Church Practices and Health,” Cleveland, OH

1996: Consultant, Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, “Meetings with Faith Communities,” San Francisco, California

1996: Satellite Site Coordinator, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Black Church Health Connection Project

1995: Consultant, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Pew Evangelical Scholars Program, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1992: Consultant, Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, Tennessee; Advisory Board, Journal of General Education: A Curricular Commons of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Pennsylvania State University Press; Advisory Board, Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race, London, England; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Arhon, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Gamma Iota Boule (Rochester, NY Chapter—inactive); Board of Directors, The Toni Morrison Society; Member, Progressive National Baptist Convention; Member, Society for Christian Ethics; Member, Society for the Study of Black Religion; Member, American Academy of Religion; Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; Member, Omicron Delta Kappa Society; Member, Visitors Committee, The Center for the Church and the Black Experience, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; Member, Executive Working Group, Social Entrepreneurship Program, United Negro CollegeFund; Editorial Advisory Board, Liberal Education: Journal of Association of American Colleges and Universities; Board of Directors, Atlanta Speech School, Atlanta, GA; Board of Trustees, The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, GA; Board of Directors, Howard Thurman Educational Trust Board.

At Boston University

2017-present: Chair, Omnibus Faculty Search Committee, School of Theology

2014: Member, College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Search Committee

2015-2016: Member, Provost’s Steering Committee on Diversity and Inclusion; Former Chair, Philosophy, Theology and Ethics, Boston University School of Theology

2014-2015: Member, Dean’s Search Committee, College of Arts and Sciences

2014-2015: Member, University Policies and Procedures Committee

2014-2015: Member, Academic Standards Committee

2013-2015: Member, Faculty Council, School of Theology

2015-2015: Member, Faculty Council

2006-2009: Member, Advisory Board, School of Theology