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Tenth Anniversary
Patricia Roberts Harris
Public Affairs Program

Program anniversary Inspires Harris Evaluation
Top Public Servant Honored By U.S. Stamp Issue

Former Associates Discuss
The Patricia Harris Legacy

This publication, The Patricia Roberts Harris Public Affairs Program Tenth Anniversary Report and Newsletter, recognizes a decade of service for that program at Howard University and chronicles remarks made by various former colleagues, associates, and friends in evaluating the life and legacy of the woman in whose honor and memory the program was established.

President H. Patrick Swygert welcomed guests to the observance, commenting in connection with the honoree and the program that Harris symbolizes "what Howard at its best can produce."

Conducted March 12-14, 1998, the Anniversary Program was made possible by a grant of $25,000 from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation which made an earlier $325,000 award to assist in funding program activities.

The Harris Program grew out of a bequest to the university from Mrs. Harris shortly before she died in 1985. In addition to the Kellogg Foundation, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation has been among major donors.

This publication provides, in addition to the comments by friends and former colleagues, a compendium of Harris Program activities conducted over the years, especially including the Annual Lecture in Public Affairs, and the prestigious internship program which has produced a number of Patricia Roberts Harris Public Affairs Fellows from the top ranks of the Howard University student body.

Publication coincides as well with the issuance of a U.S. postage stamp honoring Patricia Roberts Harris, and this inaugural event, taking place at Howard University, also is covered here. Mrs. Harris is the 23rd individual, and the seventh woman, honored by the United States Postal Service on a commemorative postage stamp in its Black Heritage series.

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Dignitaries from around the nation assembled in Howard University's Cramton Auditorium, on Thursday, January 27, 2000, to pay tribute to Patricia Roberts Harris and to witness the dedication of a U.S. postage stamp in her honor by the United States Postal Service.

TV anchor Susan Kidd was the mistress of ceremony for the program in which Harris became the 23rd honoree in the Black Heritage Stamp series.

Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert welcomed the large and appreciative audience, which braved winter storm conditions to attend the ceremony, the First Day cover sales, and a reception in Blackburn Center.

 

Table of Contents:

Former Harris Fellows In Professions and Study

The Annual Patricia Roberts Harris Lecture: A Program is Born

Syposium Consider...Patricia Roberts Harris in Law and Public Service

Colleagues, Friends Air "The Personal Dimension"

Ambassador Davis Lauds Harris as "Pioneering Woman"

Assistant Secretary Susan Rice Speaks on Africa in Harris Lecture

Notables Speak on Ethics At Leadership Retreats Harris Fellows Stand Out as Public Affairs Interns

Harris Program Review Research Documents Archived in Moorland-Spingarn Research Center

First Y2K Fellows Selected as Harris Public Affairs Interns


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