Friday, March 2, 2018

March 2, 2018

Dear Howard University Community,
Charter Day is a time of celebration! This year is Howard's 151st anniversary of its founding in 1867.
We celebrate because we are grateful for the March 2, 1867, approval of the University Charter by President Andrew Johnson for an institution dedicated to the betterment of humanity. We are thankful for Howard Bison - who, through individual example and support of their alma mater, exhibit the very spirit that has marked Howard as one of the great romances in American education.
I am pleased to welcome Paula J. Giddings to deliver the 151st Charter Day Convocation address today at 11 a.m. at Cramton Auditorium. Giddings is the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor, Emerita, of Africana Studies at Smith College. She is the author of When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America; In Search of Sisterhood, Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement; Burning All Illusions, (editor) an anthology of articles on race published by the Nation magazine from 1867 to 2000; and Ida, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching.     
We are delighted to have one of Howard’s native daughters return home for this auspicious occasion. As an author and a scholar, Paula Giddings understands the significance of Charter Day and the need to reflect on where Howard has been while celebrating its students and alumni who daily forge paths that leave an enduring legacy in their own right.
Every member of our community is encouraged to attend. Classes will be suspended today, March 2, 2018, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in conjunction with this historic occasion. 
To view the on-going live-stream of the 151st Charter Day Convocation address, please visit:

Excellence in Truth and Service,
Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA