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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Howard University Chapel's Richardson Named to DC Hall of Fame
Rev. Bernard Richardson

 WASHINGTON (May 22, 2012) – Rev. Bernard Richardson (B.A. ’75) of Howard University’s Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel was recently inducted into the Washington DC Hall of Fame in recognition of his dedicated work and contributions in the city and faith-based community.

Richardson is the fourth dean of Howard’s historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel. As the appointed chief executive officer for religious affairs at the University, he coordinates the wide array of programs that minister to students, parents, faculty, staff, and to the wider community.

The Hall of Fame recognizes District of Columbia residents who have made outstanding social contributions to the city. It is sponsored by the DC Hall of Fame Society and the Office of the City Historian.

Richardson has initiated programs that have fostered interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance locally and beyond. He launched and serves as director of the Spiritual and Ethical Dimensions of Leadership Initiative at Howard University. During Richardson’s administration, the Chapel has revitalized its creative religious programming. The Chapel’s weekly radio broadcast reaches an audience that covers the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, as well as parts of West Virginia and Delaware.

A tenured associate professor in the Howard University School of Divinity, Richardson received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Howard in 1975. Later, he received a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship and went on to earn his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State University. In 1984, he earned a M.Div. degree from Yale University Divinity School.

Richardson is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He served for ten years as the Pastor of the Archer Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Windsor, CT.

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