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South Africa Presents ‘Thank You’ Plaque to Howard

A plaque from South Africa thanking all Americans who contributed to the struggle against apartheid in that country has been dedicated and posted at Howard University.

Presented to President H. Patrick Swygert for placement at the University on May 23, 2000, by President Thabo Mbeki, the plaque was dedicated on March 7, 2001, by the South African Ambassador, the Honorable Sheila Sisulu, and placed in a prominent position in the entrance to Founders Library.

"This precious memorial is in a place where all may see it," President Swygert said.

President Mbeki made the presentation at a special convocation during which he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. In awarding the degree, President Swygert

observed, "South Africa has had only two presidents, and both of them are alumni of Howard University." Former President Nelson Mandela received an honorary degree at Howard in 1995.

In his remarks signaling the placement of the plaque, President Mbeki said: "May I, on behalf on the entire South African nation, and on my own behalf, extend our sincerest appreciation for the role you played in our struggle against apartheid. I would like to assure you that our victory is also your victory. As we rebuild our country and continent, we urge you to continue to participate with us in the new partnership that must surely bring about a better life for all our people.

"I know that I can count on your continued support in our new struggle for African renewal."

In her remarks, Ambassador Sisulu referred to the plaque as "a symbol, a simple, yet powerful expression of the gratitude of an entire nation."

Continuing, she remarked, "Our gratitude cannot easily be captured in a few words…the plaque is a symbol of the hope that was finally realized, of a dream fulfilled."

"The plaque is a memorial to the triumph of the human spirit over oppression." The Ambassador went on to say, "[this plaque] is a memorial to the importance and value of solidarity by the citizens of the United States of America with the people of South Africa in their struggle for freedom.

"As such, it is right that it should be dedicated here…at Howard University."

Ellison Joins Scripps Networks As Director, Legal Affairs

New York, NY – Scripps Networks, the company behind Home & Garden Television (HGTV), Food Network, DIY—Do It Yourself Network and Fine Living, has named Noni L. Ellison as its director of legal affairs.

Ellison, a former Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow, at Howard, will assume primary responsibility for negotiating various agreements, including cable affiliation agreements, music-related contracts, video on demand arrangements, and website and software development agreements, for each of the four Scripps Networks.

"Noni is an important addition to our legal team as she brings several years of corporate experience to our department," said Robert J. Gerrard, Jr., Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Scripps Networks.


Noni L. Ellison

Willard A. Stanback, Scripps’ Vice President for Legal Affairs, added that Ellison joins the company’s legal department at a critical time when the company is addressing an increasing variety and number of issues tied to the growth of Scripps’ businesses.

Previously, Ellison worked as a corporate attorney for Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP in New York City. Prior to her employment at Akin, Gump, she was an attorney in the corporate finance and securities

department of Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston, Texas.

A graduate of the University of Chicago’s School of Law, School of Business and its Health Administration and Policy graduate program, Ellison received an undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Howard University. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, Women in Cable and Telecommunications, the American Corporate Counsel Association, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the National Association of Minorities in Communications, the University of Chicago Alumni Association, and a board member of the University of Chicago’s Fund for the Future. She is a member of the bar associations of Texas and the District of Columbia. Ellison resides in New York, NY.


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