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President's Message
Hotep, Howardites!!!

Welcome to a new term of HUAA. Our leadership team for this administration consists of the following officers and representatives:
Mwalimu Sandra Brown
Kimberly Singleton
VP for Administration
Keith Benn
VP for Finance
Reginald D. Bush
VP for Membership
Marsha Moore
Recording Secretary
Raymond Archer
Interim Executive Secretary

HUAA officers are joined by Regional leadership and the remaining Executive Committee members. They are:

Nakeeta Wills
Region I Chair
(Region I Representatives
Peter King, James Price and
Chris Washington)
Sarah J. Davidson
Region II Chair
(Region II Representatives are
William Brown, Valerie Maholmes
and Angela K. Thames)

Margo Bouchet
Region VI Chair
(Region VI Representatives are
Richard Blue and Beverly

Clayton Graham
Region IV Chair
(Region IV Representatives are
Pamela Allison, Serese Cannon,
and Eric Mason.)
LaChanda Jenkins
Region V Chair
(Region V Representatives are
Candace Bates and Carolyne Devore-Parker.)

Don Doggett
Region III Chair
(Region III Representative is
Zakkiyyah Terrell.)

Alveta Addison
Club President
Prince George’s
County, MD
Kimberly Dickerson
Club President
Central Virginia
Everod Coleman
Club President
Greater Philadelphia

Tamyia Horton
Club President
Inland Empire, CA
Jessica Johnson

All of the above are also members of the Alumni Council. The remaining Alumni Council members are found listed at:

Howard University Alumni Board
A Governing body, the HU Alumni Board is led by University Advancement Vice President, Virgil Ecton. The HUAA President serves as Vice Chair of the Alumni Board; and Alta Cannday,
HUAA Member-at-Large is a member, as well as elected HUAA officers.


  • Harold Gray, Director of Professional Development of the School of Business, hosted Insurance Interns in Hartford after they experienced a very fruitful internship.

  • The Baltimore Club shares end-of-the program year festivities/activities
Just as a new term started for HUAA, many clubs embarked on many fruitful activities and programs:
  • Greater Philadelphia Club: New officers are sworn in by Former Judge of Philadelphia Common Pleas Courts John Braxton

  • Region II: Under the leadership of Region II Chair Sarah Davidson HUAA participated in the 2 Mile HBCU Walk held at Bowie State University in July. Funds were raised for the HUAA/Brenda Lawson Brown Endowed Scholarship Fund as we joined Alabama State University, Bowie State University, Delaware State University, Fort Valley State University, Grambling State University, Langston University, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Savannah State University, Shaw University, Sojourner-Douglass, South Carolina State University, and Tuskegee University.
  • Class of 2010 Welcome: Atlanta and Greater Philadelphia Clubs welcomed the Class of 2010 members residing in their respective areas.


  • Book Campaigns: Taking a page from HUAA’s Read Across America Literacy Program, Prince George’s County, MD Club held a series of Book Campaigns. At one session held at Barnes and Noble, they, along with supporters, read to an audience of children, purchased books, and received contributions from the audience and the store. Books were later distributed to worthy community organizations. The Howard University Showtime Band opened the activity.

Chicago Alum Joshua Mercer (2003) hosted a social for a Chicago Bulls game.


In addition Joshua and other alumni (Classes 2001 – 03) are hosting a trip to Ghana in 2007. Please see link at . Ghana is celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence and observing the 200th year of the abolition of enslavement. It has extended an invitation to all Diasporan Africans to come to be welcomed, healed and pay homage to our ancestors. In addition to this group, President Brown will lead a small pilgrimage of HBCU leaders to the same observance. More details will be posted. The dates of travel for this group is July.

The summer was also filled with ceremonies of achievement:

  • Newly installed Ambassador to Benin, Alumna Gayleatha Brown, signs onto to her commitment to represent our nation in her continued exemplary manner.
  • Membership Vice President Reginald Bush negotiated support from GEICO Insurance Company during Homecoming. In fact, he and President Brown rode with Gecko, the company mascot, in the famed red convertible in the Homecoming parade. HUAA expects more participation with GEICO.

  • Howard University Homecoming was a success! HUAA hosted its annual Alumni Volunteer Awards Program on Friday, October 13, and Membership Drive during the game on Saturday, October 14.

More homecoming excitement can be found at:

  • Below are photos from the Sixties Party at Blackburn and a reception hosted by Alum Artist George Smith (’69) whose Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity line brothers and he were celebrating their 40th anniversary as members:
  • Kesi Stribling is serving again as Chairperson of Public Relations for HUAA. Please send alumni accomplishments, events, and news to and copy to President Brown at If your club would like Public Relations training or advisement, do not hesitate to contact Kesi.
  • From St. Maarten, Alum Joseph H. Lake, Jr. shares his insightful views on the rise of the labor movement in that Caribbean country. He has authored a book entitled Friendly Anger. The book is published by House of Nehesi, which is headed by his brother Sir Lasana Sekou:

  • HUAA applauds Dr. Cleveland Sellers of South Carolina State University, Dr. Ronald Walters of the University of Maryland, and Mr. Courtney Cox of the D.C. Stadium for supporting efforts to establish an HUAA endowed lectureship in honor of alumus, the Late Dr. Kwame Ture. If you would like to contribute to this endeavor, you are requested to contact President Brown at
  • The 2nd annual observance of Dr. Ture’s transition was on Thursday, November
    15, 2006. Dr. Greg Carr of Afro-American Studies is planning the program. The program is free and all are invited. It was held in the Fine Arts Building beginning at 7 PM.
  • The Big Apple Basketball Classic between Howard U. and Hampton U took place on December 2nd at Madison Square Garden.


In September, President Brown was invited to serve as a panelist in a session discussing ways to strengthen HBCU Alumni Associations at the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This is an annual free conference coordinated by Alumna Dr. Rashone Moore.

Later in the month, President Brown attended an invitational weeklong conference addressing increased philanthropy at HBCUs at The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. She was joined by presenting alumni Sam Gough of AFRAM, Jessica Johnson of Minority Scholarship Quest, Inc. and Steven Sanders of First Genesis Group, Inc. This conference was made possible by funding from the Kellogg Foundation.

On October 27th, President Brown was part of a panel offering perspectives on “Unexplored Philanthropists: HBCU Alumni and Their Respective Alumni Association, Students and Their Parents and Other Supporters” at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference on Black Philanthropy. The conference took place at The Hyatt Regency Hotel Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland on October 26th and 27th.

No HUAA contact would be complete without an appeal for alumni and supporters to become HUAA members. Membership online can be achieved at

Peace and blessings,Sandi B.

Mwalimu Sandra Brown
HUAA President