Actress Phylicia Rashad Celebrates Howard University’s 147th Birthday
On Saturday, March 8, Howard University hosted one of the largest Charter Day galas in school history with 1,800 guests who gathered at the Washington Hilton. Celebrating the 147th anniversary the University, the annual fundraiser is a must-attend event in the nation’s capital. Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick announced nearly $10 million in gifts to the University. Howard Alumna and Award-winning Actress Phylicia Rashad was the Mistress of Ceremony.
Arthur Reynolds and Robert McLeod were recognized for a $4.9 million gift from Dr. Richard Francis Jones’ Trust. Dr. Jones was a former Chief of Urology at Howard. Alfred C. Liggins was also acknowledged for his gift of $4 million to Howard University in honor of his mother Radio One Chairperson/Founder and Howard alumna Cathy Hughes. The gift will benefit the School of Communications.
The University honored four alumni for their extraordinary accomplishments in their respective fields: Dr. Patricia E. Bath, in the fields of medicine, ophthalmology, and research; T. Eloise Foster, in the field of Public Service; Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr., in the field of STEM education; and Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., in the fields of medicine, surgery and public health. Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations also received the inaugural Capstone Distinguished Service Award for three decades of dedicated service to Howard University.
This year’s Charter Day celebration marks the 147th anniversary of the charter enacted by Congress, and subsequently approved by President Andrew Johnson on March 2, 1867, which established Howard University.
Check out photos from the event in the gallery.