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For Immediate Release

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Kerry-Ann Hamilton
Media Relations Manager
(202) 238-2332
k_hamilton@howard.edu 

Howard University Celebrates 142 Years with Charter Day Convocation and Gala
Howard Alumna Phylicia Rashad named as Oratrix

WASHINGTON (February 20, 2009) – Actor Ms. Phylicia Rashad will deliver the keynote address and receive a Doctor Humanities (honoris causa) at the Howard University 142nd Charter Day Convocation on Friday, March 13, 2009.

Rashad became America’s favorite “mom” when she starred as Claire Huxtable in the popular television series “The Cosby Show.” The Broadway icon appeared most recently in “ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” and was the first African American to win the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play in 2004, for her role in the revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.”

During the 85 th Annual Charter Day Dinner at the Hilton Washington and Towers Hotel on Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m. (VIP Reception at 6 p.m.), the University will honor six alumni for their extraordinary accomplishments in their respective fields: Mr. Sylester Flowers, in the Fields of Business and Public Health Service; Dr. Eon Nigel Harris, in the Fields of Medical Research and Education;
Dr. Marian C. Johnson-Thompson, in the Fields of Government and Public Service; Charles D. King, Esq., in the Field of Entertainment Law;
Dr. William E. Matory (posthumously), in the Field of Health Education; and
Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, in the Fields of Humanities, Civil Rights and the Arts.

Renowned gospel artist CeCe Winans will perform during the dinner.

Visit the Charter Day 2009 home page to RSVP.

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, 13 Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Website at www.Howard.edu.

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