Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Delivers
Charter Day Address
Photo by Ron Ceasar
L-R Governor L. Douglas Wilder, nation's first black governor, Massachusetts
Gov. Deval Patrick and Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert
during the citation presentation at Howard University's 141st Charter
WASHINGTON – Until he was 14, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
shared a bunk bed with his mother and his sister, which meant every
third night one of them slept on the floor.
By the time his daughter was 14, she had visited three continents and
had experienced life in a way that he said he could have never conceived
when he was her age, Patrick told hundreds Friday during a ceremony
celebrating the 141st anniversary of the founding of Howard University.
Such a change in circumstances in only one generation could only happen
in America, said the nation’s second African-American governor.“This
is the American story,” Patrick said, a story that he said he
wants to make happen for more Americans as governor.
Patrick 51, a key cog in Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential
campaign, received an honorary doctorate degree from Howard University
President H. Patrick Swygert during the ceremony. Douglas Wilder, the
nation’s first black governor, helped bestow the honor on Patrick.
Patrick, who had a distinguished career in business and government before
being elected in 2006, was honored for his exemplary leadership.
The university was also celebrating the completion of its five-year,
$272 million fundraising campaign, the largest in history by any African-American
organization. More than 30 Howard graduates gave the school $1 million