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Release Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014 2:38 PM
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Comedian Kier Spates Featured at Sickle Cell Day Event
Kier Spates

WASHINGTON (June 12, 2014) – Comedian Kier Spates, known as “Junior” from The Steve Harvey Morning Show, will be the featured guest speaker at the Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease and Faces of Our Children’s program on Thursday, June 19. The program will take place in the Numa P.G. Adams building, room 3019, 520 W. St., NW, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is on annual World Sickle Cell Awareness Day which commemorates the date in 2008 when the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution recognizing sickle cell disease as a public health concern. World Sickle Cell Awareness Day provides an opportunity to increase understanding of the genetic disorder.

Spates, who has sickle cell disease, is the official spokesperson for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) in Baltimore. In addition, Dr. Oswaldo Castro, senior advisor and College of Medicine professor emeritus, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the event.

To RSVP, please contact Angela Mason, outreach coordinator at the Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease, at 202-865-8292.

Dr. Oswaldo Castro


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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