The annual Charter Day Dinner is the culminating event of a weekend dedicated to celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the University Charter by President Andrew Johnson on March 2, 1867.
As no other single event on the University calendar, the Charter Day Dinner displays before a cosmopolitan audience, the University’s strengths in many dimensions. The Dinner showcases its enduring qualities in the development of excellence and leadership as will be reflected in tributes, on March 7th, to three outstanding alumni; its attractiveness to, and substantive partnership with, the corporate world; and its continuing relevance to the community as well as students, alumni and friends of all ages.
Since 1943, awards have been presented to alumni for their distinguished postgraduate achievements in a variety of fields. To date, over 300 alumni, including this year’s recipients, have been so honored, including luminaries such as Zora Neale Hurston, Thurgood Marshall, Ossie Davis, and L. Douglas Wilder.
Over the past decades, the Dinner has reached a level of prominence as Howard’s preeminent fundraising event. The day preceding the Dinner, an academic convocation is held in Cramton Auditorium on the main campus.
This year's Charter Day Dinner was held on March 7th, 2020.