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Walter Smith,
Professional Speaker.

Walter Smith,
Pro Body Builder

Walter Smith
Wrongfully incarcerated for 11 years, Walter Smith was the first person to file a formal motion seeking DNA testing from prison September 13, 1988. Denied access to the new forensic pathological testing nine times over eight years, Walter eventually got his break by and through the efforts of attorneys and specifically, WBNS 10 TV News Anchor, Jerry Revish. On December 6, 1996. Walter became the 38th person out of 250 exonerated and freed from prison by way of DNA.

Focused on continued education and the need for personal development, reformation, restoration and rehabilitation, Walter pursued self education in law, health and fitness! His formal education consisted of drug and alcohol programs, sociology and an Associates Degree, in business management from Wilmington College. Walter is also in possession of two professional and three amateur national body building titles.

As an inspirational speaker and professional body builder, Walter has spoken before more than 2000 audiences touring the country, sharing his Against All Odds and Choices testimonial presentations with incarcerated individuals, adolescent middle and high school students, in addition to, colleges, universities, churches, businesses and other groups/organizations across America.

Walter hosts a weekly call in radio talk show, in Columbus, Ohio called “Street Soldiers.” Street Soldiers was created to address issues dealing with our youth and the overall well being of Columbus and surrounding communities. As a Radio One entity, “Street Soldiers” airs every Sunday evening, 7:00 PM till 9:00 PM Eastern,, 107.5 FM. Walter's talk show strongly contributed to the homicide rate of Columbus being lower in 2007 than it had been for the preceding six years. Walter also works in Columbus City Schools as an instructor of his youth awareness and diversion program.

Appointed by Columbus, Ohio Mayor, Michael B. Coleman, Walter sat on the African American Male Empowerment Commission which was created to focus on reducing homicides in Columbus, Ohio. Walter is also an active participant of a program created by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland which was designed to close the high school graduation and dropout rate for public school males.

Walter's additional commitment to the community consist of being a member of the African-American Advisory Council which focus on advising, assisting and supporting the school Superintendent, Dr. Gene Harris, on the implementation of the district's ends policies, as they relate to African-American children. A community activist, the following awards earned by Walter clearly define his commitment to excellence towards helping others.

  • Alpha Phi Alpha 2010 Jewel Award for Outstanding Social and Community Service
  • The National Council of Negro Women, “Saving Our Children” Outstanding
  • Achievement & Leadership Award, May 31 2008.
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, in partnership with Leadership at its Best, “2008 African-American Role - Model Award, October 26, 2008.
  • The Columbus Association of Black Journalists “Appreciation Award For Commitment To Changing Lives Through The Media,” December 5, 2008.
  • Lifeline of Ohio 2008, Infinity Award For Outstanding Collaboration in Support of Organ and Tissue Donation.
  • Contributed to the April 5, 2010 passage of House Bill 77 for DNA testing and line up identification enhancements for the criminal justice system.

Walter D. Smith, 25th Dynasty Enterprises
P.O. Box 248506, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 476-9960, (614) 570-1906
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