Civil rights legend Walter Fauntroy on the run from police

Walter Fauntroy

A shocking piece of news has hit the old guard of the civil rights. The Rev. Walter Fauntroy is currently on the run from police for writing a $50,000 bad check six years ago for an inauguration party for President Barack Obama.

Fauntroy was one of the original planners for the famous March on Washington and has been an influential figure in the Civil Rights Movement. Working directly with fellow iconic figures such as Martin L. King Jr., Andrew Young and Jesse Jackson, the report of his crime is a shock.

Fauntroy is a former U.S. congressman who acted as a non-voting delegate for Washington, D.C. He is also a former chairman of the  Congressional Black Caucus and was the longtime pastor of the historic New Bethel Baptist Church in D.C.

Family members became concerned when he did not show up for the funeral of his good friend, former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry. According to the family, it is suspected that Fauntroy traveled to Libya, Nigeria and finally Dubai to escape arrest. In addition, the family believes he is broke and is operating under an impaired mental state. The U.S. State Department has placed a hold on Fauntroy’s passport, which will limit his ability to travel internationally. If Fauntroy is arrested in a nation that has an extradition treaty with the United States, he will be sent back to the U.S. to face charges in Prince Georges County, Maryland.

 

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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