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AND THE WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN


The Civil Writer Magazine


Walter Fauntroy, helped organized the March on Washington with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,. For a full disclaimer Walter Fauntroy was my pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., in the early eighties. He also Christened my oldest daughter.

Walter Edward Fauntroy (born February 6, 1933) is the former pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and a civil rights activist. He is also a former delegate to the United States House of Representatives

and was a candidate for the 1972 and 1976 Democratic presidential nominations as a

favorite son, and a human rights activist.

It has been a couple of years since the Civil Rights icon and the city’s first delegate to Congress, returned from the United Arab Emirates to face several questions over a $50,000 bad check charge. The walls came tumbling down. Fauntroy was arrested in 2016 in Loudon County on a bench warrant from Prince George’s County.


In 2016 Fauntroy was arrested at Dulles International Airport on charges of writing a bad check to pay for a ball he organized in honor of President Barack Obama in 2009. A Prince George’s County judge ordered Fauntroy to pay $19,800 to Karen Bryant, a business consultant he hired for the ball. In September of 2016, a judge dropped the bad check charge after Fauntroy paid back $20,000.

Life has many twist and turns and sometimes life isn't fair even with those who dedicated their lives for others.

Bayard Rustin and Walter Fauntroy were the only two soldiers of Dr. King who went to jail for things other than civil rights issues.