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Charter Day Address
The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings

Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus
U.S. Congressman--Seventh Congressional District of Maryland

2003 Howard University Charter Day Alumni Award Recipients

Renée Higginbotham-Brooks, Esq., is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Howard University, receiving the B.A. degree in 1974. She plays a significant role in advancing the role of women and African Americans in Texas. She was the first African American and first female chair of the powerful three-member Texas Alcoholic Beverage
Commission. In addition to serving as a member on Howard’s Board of Trustees, she is also an advisor to several African American mayors including Lee Brown, Houston, Texas; Marc Morial, New Orleans, Louisiana; and Ron Kirk former mayor of Dallas, Texas.
The Honorable William Johnson is the 64th Mayor of the City of Rochester, New York's third largest city. He is serving his third term, having been re-elected in November 2001 with more than 78 percent of the votes. Under his leadership, the City of Rochester embarked on numerous ambitious, innovative programs to reduce housing blight, increase opportunities for educational and economic empowerment and foster ethnic diversity and understanding. Prior to his election, he served for 21 years as the president and CEO of the Urban League of Rochester. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Howard University in 1965 and 1967, respectively.
Madison F. Richardson, MD, earned the B.S. from Howard University in 1965. He graduated with honors from the Howard University Medical School in 1969. In his distinguished career, he established one of the largest otolaryngology practices in Los Angeles. Dedicated to community service, he served on the Commission of Los Angeles of Policy Community Relations and as chairman of the board of the Los Angeles Urban League. He continues to run a successful otolaryngology medical practice and operates the Voice Institute of Beverly Hills.
The Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, received the B.A. degree from Howard University in 1968 and the J.D. degree from the Howard University School of Law in 1971. He was appointed by President William Clinton to serve as United States District Judge for the District of Columbia in 1994. In 1991, he
was appointed by President George Bush to serve as an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. And in 1984, he was appointed by President Ronald Regan as an Associate Judge for the District of Columbia. Sullivan is the recipient of many honors including recognition for his achievements by the District of Columbia Public
School System.
Edward T. Welburn Jr. is the executive director of Design, Body-on-Frame Architectures at General Motors Design Center in Warren, Mich. Overseeing three design studios, his team works closely with GM Engineering to execute designs as part of the newly-created Advanced Vehicle Development Group. He was appointed chief designer of the Oldsmobile Exterior II Studio in December 1989, which led to the development of Oldsmobile’s Cutlass Supreme and Ciera. His designs have garnered national and international recognition. His most recent projects include a drivable fuel cell concept car called the Hy-Wire and the Chevrolet SSR, a concept car scheduled for production later
this year. Welburn received the B.F.A. from Howard University in 1972.