A musical prodigy, Walt Cunningham Jr. grew up in Waterloo, Iowa, the child of loving and deeply religious parents. Admitted to both the Juilliard School and West Point Academy, Walt chose to attend the military school, becoming one of only a thousand plus black Americans to graduate from the distinguished academy. After his military service, and a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, Walt returned to his first love, music.
He accepted a position as Director of the Gospel Choir at Dartmouth College, where he has spearheaded a number of initiatives to foster diversity on campus, foremost among them Dartmouth Idol, an annual singing competition that brings together students from all walks of life. Using archival footage, photographs, interviews with students and his brothers, as well as live footage of Walt at work and play in Hanover, NH and Fort Lauderdale, FL, the film celebrates the life of an eclectic man and artist. "Introducing… Walt Cunningham!" focuses on Walt’s 1970s childhood in Iowa, his stint as a gay man at West Point during the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” period, his challenges coming out to his parents, and his musical work at Dartmouth, where he inspires a wide range of students to express the full range of themselves.