About the Authors

Ron Walker

Ron Walker has been an educator for five decades. He has served as a teacher, a principal, the director of a national school transformation organization, an educational consultant, and the founder and current executive director of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC). This organization is groundbreaking in its mission to affirm the social emotional, cultural, and academic development of boys and young men of color.

Over the span of his career, Ron has received many awards, accolades, and citations for his innovative, passionate, and dedicated service to thousands of children and their families. Ron considers himself a servant leader committed to the restoration of his beloved community.

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Rita Walker Hunter

Seretta “Rita” Hunter worked as an executive administrator in higher education and corporate environments for more than thirty years. She has fond memories of her older brother, Ron, always wanting to be the teacher when they played school. Rita also remembers the loving words of her mother, “Always hold your brother’s hand.” At the time, she didn’t understand what her mother meant, but she later realized how much her constant support meant to Ron, who eventually fulfilled his mother’s dream of becoming a teacher.

Rita took her mother’s advice to new levels in her own career.

As the division head of legal seminars at legal institutions, Rita supported lawyers and paralegals in their pursuit of continual education. Rita continues to support literacy, just as her mom would have wanted. She served as a board member at the Philadelphia City Institute, an organization that has provided financial support for educational programs at branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia for more than 150 years.

Rita Walker Hunter

Hi Ron and Rita,

I am so grateful to you both for writing this priceless history of Delores's journey to who she became, what she herself achieved and the extremely effective workers for justice in education and in human relations writ large, (her children) inspired by Delores and your Father , Solomon, to do Justice the world.

As a friend of Delores, I read this book with the recurring wish that I could just tell her how beautifully the legacy she left kept emerging in so many wonderful ways and that the world has so much to thank her for. I am thrilled that this simple, value-filled life has been committed to writing and thus to history for the benefit of us all and especially that it lifts up the contributions of Black Americans in the face of unequal opportunities.

It is a wonderful true story holding much inspiration and hope for any and all of us as we search for ways to bring about a better future for all Americans. Thank you both, again!

Very best,