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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to Deliver Charter Day Address

Washington, D.C., February 25, 2008 The Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Honorable Deval Patrick will deliver the keynote address and receive a Doctor of Laws honoris causa at Howard University's 141st Charter Day Convocation on March 7, 11 a.m., in Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth Street, NW, Washington.

In 2006, Patrick was elected as the Commonwealth’s first African-American Governor with a grassroots message of hope, community and hard work. The University is recognizing Patrick for his exemplary leadership in business, government and law. From an early age, he has built his life on hope, and traced a trajectory from the South Side of Chicago to the U.S. Department of Justice, Fortune 500 boardrooms, and now the Massachusetts Statehouse.

By focusing on transparency and inclusion, he strives to increase accessibility to government and encourage the civic engagement, which is crucial to shared progress in education, health care, economic development and other issues.

Charter Day commemorates the signing of the University’s charter, which was enacted by Congress and subsequently approved by President Andrew Johnson on March 2, 1867. The founder’s day ceremony and awards dinner also commemorates the University’s unmatched role and rich legacy of producing leaders for America and the Global Community. The Convocation proceedings will be broadcast live on Howard University’s WHUR-96.3 FM and WHUT-TV, the first African-American-owned public television station in the nation.

For more information on the Charter Day Dinner and alumni awardees, please visit

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