Current Size: 100%

150 Facts from 150 Years

No. 52

Fact of the Day

Ras Baraka

(B.A. ‘94) became the 40th mayor of Newark, NJ on July, 2014.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka in 2016

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Tony Turner, Montclair Film Festival


No. 52

Ras Baraka

(B.A. ‘94) became the 40th mayor of Newark, NJ on July, 2014.

No. 51

E. Franklin Frazier

(Class of 1916) joined the Howard University faculty in 1935. He became one of the nation’s leading sociologists specializing in the study of the black family in the United States.

No. 50

Jessye Norman

(Bachelor of Music, 1969) received the National Medal of the Arts in 2009. Ms. Norman is a world renowned opera singer, who also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2006.

No. 49

Shirley Franklin

Served as the 58th mayor of Atlanta, GA from 2002-2010. She was the first female to hold that office.

No. 48

Kasim Reed

Howard Alumni whom became the mayor of Atlanta, GA on July 4, 2010 and was elected to a second term in November 2013.

No. 47

Howard University Jazz Ensemble

In 1975, the Howard University Jazz Ensemble was founded by Professor Fred Irby III. Since its inception the HUJE has produced over 40 jazz recordings and at the John F. Kennedy Center’s Honors Awards program in 1992, 1996 and 2005.

No. 46

Moorland-Spingarn Research Center

In 1973, the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center was established at Howard University. Dr. Michael R. Winston was the first Director.

No. 45

John Mercer Langston

John Mercer Langston in 1869 was the first African American appointed to the Howard law faculty and also served as Howard’s first Vice President.

No. 44

Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson (B.A.'84), Howard alumna and 2012 Doctor of Letters recipient, was awarded the 2015 National Humanities Medal.  She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and the author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration.

No. 43

Jeanne C. Sinkford

Jeanne C.

No. 42

Patricia R. Harris

Howard alumna Patricia R. Harris, Esq. (B.A.’45) was the first female Dean of the Howard University School of Law. She served as U.S.

No. 41

Toni Morrison

HU alumna Toni Morrison (B.A. ’53) received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988) and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2000 and Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.