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(Washington, DC, April 18, 2005) – The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced today that Howard University received the “Spirit of Broadcasting” award at the NAB2005 All-Industry Opening Keynote in Las Vegas, April 18. Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert and alumna Debbie Allen will be on hand to accept the award.

The “Spirit of Broadcasting” award is presented periodically by NAB in recognition of general excellence and leadership and is given to individuals or organizations that have made lasting contributions to the broadcast industry.

Howard is being honored for its long history of educating and fostering the creative talents and leadership skills of people of color for the many professional facets of the entertainment, broadcast and media industries.

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, doctoral/research-extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, five Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world.

Ms. Allen is one of the most respected and versatile talents in the United States today; she has won awards in nearly every genre in the performing arts, including two Emmys®. After beginning her career as a dancer on Broadway, and an acclaimed role in the film Fame, she has gone on to a prolific career as producer, director, actor and choreographer for television, film and stage, working with The Royal Shakespeare Company and Dreamworks SKG among others.

NAB2005 began on April 16 and will continue through April 21, 2005 in Las Vegas (exhibits opened April 18). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content across all mediums. Complete NAB2005 details are available at

The National Association of Broadcasters is a full-service trade association that promotes and protects free, over-the-air local radio and television stations' interests in Washington and around the world. NAB is the broadcaster's voice before Congress, federal agencies, and the courts. NAB also serves a growing number of associate and international broadcaster members. Information about NAB can be found at


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