Lester Aglar Walton Edit Profile
Educated Sumner High School, St. Louis. Honorary Master of Arts, Lincoln U., Pennsylvania, 1927. Doctor of Laws, Wilberforce U., 1945, U. Liberia, 1958.
Reporter, golf writer St. Louis Star Sayings (now St. Louis Star-Time), 1902-1906. Managing and dramatic editor New York Age, 1908-1914, 17-19. Manager Lafayette Theatre, New York City, 1914-1916, 19-21.
Special writer New York World, 1922-1931, New York Herald Tribune, 1931. Director public relations 50th Anniversary of Tuskegee Institute, 1931. Associate editor, The New York Age, 1932-1935.
Envoy Extraordinary anu Minister Plenipotentiary to Liberia, 1935-1946. Advisor to Liberian delegate to United Nations General Assembly, 1948-1949. In 1913 with cooperation of A.P., started movement for capitalization of N in Negro by daily newspapers and mags.
Member party accompanying Doctor R. R. Moton who was sent by President Wilson and Secretary of War Baker to visit colored American troops in France, 1918. Newspaper correspondent Peace Conference, Versailles, 1919. sessions of International Liberian Committee, 1933. Publicity director National Negro Business League, 1926-1935.
Director publicity colored division Democratic National Committee, 1924, 28, 32. Visited Liberia, summer, 1933. Doyen of Diplomatic Corps, Monrovia.
Negotiated and concluded extradition, consular convention, aviation, friendship commerce and navigation, concilation treaties with Liberia, 1937-1939. Negotiated preliminary agreement for bases for United States airplanes and troops in Liberia, 1941. Agreement rlating to construction of port in Liberia, 1943.
Member party accompanying Doctor R. R. Moton who was sent by President Wilson and Secretary of War Baker to visit colored American troops in France, 1918. Member New York City Commision on Intergroup Relations. Clubs: Holly Knoll Associates, Society Silurians, Grand St. Boys Association, Northern Athletic.
Married Gladys Moore, June 29, 1912. Children: Marjorie, Rochester, Gladys Odile Johnson.