Walter B. Hoye II is both President and Founder of the Issues4life Foundation, the California Civil Rights Foundation, Founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of California, Core Member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition, sits on the board of The Morning Center which was founded to provide free full-service maternity care to women in urban and under-served areas, published author of the book Leadership from the IN|SIDE Out and serves as a leadership consultant. God used the premature birth (six months, 2.1 pounds) of his son to teach him that the fetus is a person, a living, breathing human being. As a young man Walter played football (here are the stats in pdf) at Michigan State University where he graduated with a master's degree in sociology in 1980. In 1983 he graduated from the United States International University, now Alliant International University, with a master's degree in business administration.
Walter and his wife (Lori) were the recipients of the 2014 Students for Life of America's West Coast Conference Defender of Life Award. In 2013 Walter was recognized by Chicago's Pro-Life Pro-Family Coalition for his strong stand for life and family. In 2012 Walter was invited by Congressman Allen West to address the "Economic Impact of Abortion" on the Hill in Washington, D.C. In 2011 Walter received the "Hero at Heart" Award from Life Issues Institute to recognize outstanding courage on behalf of innocent life. Walter was also interviewed on Life Issues Institute's Emmy Award winning television program (Season 4: Episode 2: Free Speech Denied), Facing Life Head-On. In 2008, Walter and his wife (Lori) were the recipients of the 4th Annual Walk for Life West Coast's St. Gianna Molla Award for "courage under fire" in the Pro-Life movement. Graciously the Family Research Council (FRC) recognized Walter Hoye with the 2009 John Wise Award. Walter's work in Pro-Life community was the subject Chuck Colson's Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Day BreakPoint. As you may remember, Walter was unjustly jailed for his peaceful defense of the unborn on a sidewalk outside an abortion clinic in Oakland, California. He served as an incredible leader for the cause of the unborn despite the personal costs. His "Letter from the Santa Rita Jail" and California Human Rights Amendment appeal for Personhood entitled "Why I Can't Wait" are now classics. Walter loves to compete in the San Francisco Marathon and catches an NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB game whenever he can.
As author of the book, Leadership from the INSIDE Out, Walter is in demand as a speaker and consultant. To read Walter's book online click here. To read Walter's commentary on issues facing the pro-life community click here. Walter has been featured on Dr. D. James Kennedy's Coral Ridge Hour that is carried nationwide and overseas on Middle East Television, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Armed Forces Network and "Facing Life Head-On TV" hosted by Brad Mattes. "Walter embodies the Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy, standing up for the least of these, the vulnerable mothers and their babies." — Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Tuesday, March 31st, 2009). Walter is also a core member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition and serves on her speaking bureau.
Walter is a Christian, married and the father of two adult children. He and his wife, Lori, live in Union City, California. If you would like Walter to speak at your next event, please use this link to contact us.