Daniel E. Walker

Daniel E. Walker

A proud alum of Head Start, Dr. Daniel E. Walker is the director and producer of the films "When Roosters Crow," "Sol Brothers," "The Ten" and "Let’s Have Church," the upcoming television series "The History of Gospel and Murder in the Church House," and the founding director of the Long Beach Indie International Film Festival. A former New York City Urban Fellow and W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellow, 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.”  A producer on KCET’s Emmy Award-winning series "Artbound," his 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 and "How Sweet the Sound: Gospel Music in Los Angeles" (with Tyree Boyd-Pates) at the California African American Museum.

An expert on religion, equity in education and the entertainment industry, Black and Latino coalition building, and the arts as a tool for economic and social justice, he is a former project manager at the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Executive Director of the Tijuana/San Diego affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. A professor of history at El Camino College, Dr. Walker is the founder and curator of the Gospel Music History Archive at the University of Southern California and for more than a decade served as a Research Associate at USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture.