Presidents' Day 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

Dear Howard University Community,

Howard West Expansion

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Dear Howard University Community,

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. 
 

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