Passing of Hugh Masekela

Friday, January 26, 2018

Dear Howard University Community, 

I wish to express my deep condolences regarding the passing of jazz legend and anti-apartheid activist, Hugh Masekela on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. A groundbreaking trumpeter, singer, and social activist, Hugh Ramopolo Masekela was born on April 4, 1939, in the town of Witbank, South Africa.  A world-renowned trumpeter, composer, and singer, he was well known for his jazz compositions, as well as his vocal role as an advocate of equal rights in South Africa.  His compositions, including well known anti-apartheid songs such as Bring Him Back Home, Soweto Blues, and Stimela (The Coal Train) helped make him one of the key musical voices of the anti-apartheid movement. 

Honoring The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dear Howard University Community,

The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday represents a time for us to unite as a nation in solidarity.

Statement on the Passing of Frankie Muse Freeman

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dear Howard University Community,
I wish to express my deep condolences regarding the passing of iconic St. Louis civil rights leader, Frankie Muse Freeman. The longtime civil rights leader, lawyer, and activist passed Friday, January 12, 2018, at the age of 101.
Mrs. Freeman was a champion in the fight for ending the promotion of segregated housing; she also promoted equal rights in St. Louis and nationwide during the Civil Rights Movement.  Mrs. Freeman was the lead attorney in the landmark court case Davis v. St. Louis Housing Authority, filed in federal court in 1952, that led to the end of racial segregation in public housing in St. Louis. In 1964, Mrs. Freeman became the first woman on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, which investigates discrimination complaints, collects data on discrimination and advises the president and lawmakers on issues of discrimination and equal protection. 

Howard Alumna Chaniqua Nelson Selected as 2018 Rangel Fellow

Friday, December 8, 2017

Dear Howard University Community:
On behalf of the entire Howard community, I wish to congratulate Howard University alumna, Chaniqua Nelson (B.A. ’11, M.A. ’13) of Durham, North Carolina on being awarded a 2018 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship.
Chaniqua is a very talented scholar who is committed to public service. Her experiences at Howard became the realization of her desire to learn more about the plight of people of African descent. A double Political Science alumna, Nelson’s research focuses on ‘Black Politics’ and ‘African Politics.’
Funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, the Rangel Fellowship supports extraordinary individuals who intend to pursue a career representing the U.S. Foreign Service, and includes up to $95,000 of graduate school assistance over two years.

Congratulations HU Scholars

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Dear Howard University Community:
On behalf of the entire Howard University community, I wish to congratulate Howard University senior Biology major, English minor, Tara Spencer (B.S/B.A. ’18) of Lightfoot, St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, who interviewed as a Finalist for the 2018 Jamaica and Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship, as well as seniors Emmanuel Balogunb (B.S. ’18), a Mechanical Engineering major from Lagos, Nigeria, and Amoge Ezike (B.S./B.A. ’18), a Biology major, Classical Civilizations minor, from Enugu State, Nigeria, who were selected for initial contention on the shortlist for the Rhodes West Africa Scholarship.