Charter Day Achievement Awards
2018 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award Honorees
Paula J. Giddings
In the of field Journalism
Giddings, a writer, editor and historian, has contributed to the field of journalism through her work highlighting African American history, including a focus on women of color. Her work in academia includes positions as the Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor Emerita of Africana Studies at Smith College; Department Chair of Africana Studies at Smith College; Chair in Women’s Studies at Rutgers University and lecturing at Spelman College, Princeton University and Duke University. Giddings’ work as an author and editor has been recognized and awarded, most notably for her works, In Search of Sisterhood and Ida, A Sword Among Lions. Giddings earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Howard University in 1969.
Dorie A. Ladner
In the field of Social Work
Ladner practiced 30 years as a clinical social worker, utilizing a socio-cultural model learned during her studies at Howard University School of Social Work. Ladner also spent a great deal of her career on the frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement, working as a community organizer with SNCC, CORE, the Freedom Riders, the 1963 March on Washington, the 1968 Poor Peoples’ March, and other anti-poverty programs in the Midwest and South. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tougaloo College and her Master of Social Work degree in 1975.
The Reverend Bernard L. Richardson, Ph.D.
In the field of Religion
The Rev. Dr. Richardson serves as the fourth Dean of the historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University and a tenured Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at the School of Divinity. For nearly 25 years as the University’s chief officer for religious affairs, Dean Richardson has revitalized creative religious and public programs. His leadership has garnered national attention of programs such as the modeled Alternative Spring Break; the Sunday Chapel Service, which is broadcast on WHUR-FM and receiving high ratings; and the Howard University Spiritual and Ethical Dimensions of Leadership Initiative, which was awarded $2.5 million from the Lilly Endowment under the direction and establishment by Dean Richardson. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 from Howard University.
2018 Capstone Distinguished Service Award*
Millard “Jim” Watkins III
General Manager of WHUR
Mr. Watkins is credited with building the WHUR station 47 years ago.
*Content for all awardees will be updated as received.