Walter Blanks

Guest Blogger

Press Secretary, American Federation for Children

Columbus, Ohio

Walter Blanks Jr. is the Press Secretary for American Federation for Children (AFC) and a private school choice program beneficiary. From a young age, Walter recognized that many children are still stuck in underperforming schools and wanted to do something about it. Before joining AFC full-time, Walter was chosen for the first cohort of the American Federation for Children Future Leaders Fellowship, a year-long advocacy and professional development program for graduates of private school choice programs.

Before moving to Washington, D.C. to join the national team, Walter championed educational freedom and shared his story across the country serving as a 2018 50CAN National Voices Fellow, an advocacy fellowship that aims to find, connect and support young leaders in education.

At AFC, Walter leads both the Voices for Choice and Future Leaders Fellowship programs. These flagship programs of the National Communications team elevate the voices of students, parents, and educators who have benefitted from school choice programs across America. Walter also serves as a spokesperson for AFC and frequently appears in local and national print and news media. A gifted and in-demand speaker, Walter travels across the country sharing his story and advocating for expanding educational opportunities to more children and families.

Walter received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Production from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

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Posted Aug. 19, 2020

Kamala Harris Has an Opportunity to Stand Up for Black Kids

After months of speculation in what I personally believe is the least covered presidential campaign in modern history, Joe Biden…

By Walter Blanks

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Posted July 27, 2020

Black Lawmakers Must Prioritize Educational Opportunity for Black Families

For millions of K-12 students, the pandemic has led to unprecedented interruptions of critical education and services. Many students will…

By Denisha Merriweather, Walter Blanks

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Posted Sep. 4, 2019

Here’s How a Once-Bullied Kid Became a Fierce Advocate for Students and Education Freedom

As a kid, I was surrounded by people who were making awful choices—choices that led to many of my friends…

By Walter Blanks

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Posted Mar. 4, 2019

Betsy DeVos Has a New Plan for School Choice and I Think It Could Work

Choice is more prevalent in our society today than ever before. We make dozens of choices daily that impact our…

By Walter Blanks

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