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Walters, Arthur M.

(born: November 6, 1918  -  died: Oct. 16, 2010) 

Arthur M. Walters was born in Magnolia, KY. He was a social services administrator most recognized for his role as executive director of the Louisville Urban League from 1970-1987. He led the League's involvement in the implementation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Walters already had a B.A. when he earned an M.Ed. at the University of Louisville. He belonged to a number of organizations and received many awards. He also received a number of military recognitions: the Medal of Merit, the Bronze Star for Heroism, the Soldier's Medal for Bravery, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 4 bronze stars, World War II Victory Medal, and many more. Arthur M. Walters served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

He was also a respected leader in Louisville, KY. The Louisville Urban League's Arthur M. Walters Champion of Diversity Award is named in his honor. Louisville Metro Government honored Walters by naming the corner of South 16th Street and West Broadway the Arthur M. Walters Way.

Walters died Oct. 16, 2010, at the age of 91. He was the son of Tom and Mabel Merridy Walters. See his obituary at and in the Courier-Journal newspaper.

For more see the Louisville Urban League, which presents the Arthur M. Walters Champion of Diversity Award to recognize Louisville residents who contribute to the community; Who's Who Among African Americans, 1975-2006; and the Arthur M. Walters Bridge Builders Project, which includes a biography of Walters. See also Arthur M. Walters (1918-2010) at Find A Grave.

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