Bison Conversations

Fred Killings

We picked a few of your comments from the Winter 2016 issue, “We Are HU Family,” in which you were asked: What do the relationships you have built at Howard University mean to you?

“The bonds I built at The Mecca were sincere and meaningful. While I have my Howard friends that I speak with every day, I equally value the friendships I formed that don’t require as much attention. The friendship that picks back up when I am in town or the friendship that benefits both [of] us professionally. That immediate and sincere response is what reconfirms my love for Howard University.” —Branden D. Bufford (B.S. ’10), Detroit 

Fred Killings

“I can describe my bonds at Howard University as a reason, a season and most definitely a lifetime. The reason I came to Howard was to compete as an athlete; however, my relationships with the students, the professors, the essential and nonessential staff and the community was the reason I developed into a well-rounded individual. The season(s) with my fellow teammates (football), coaches and other athletes specifically in Cook Hall shaped me as a person, a loving father, a brother, and a giver of my time and resources to others. We denote this as “FAMILY.” Which leads me to a lifetime. Bonding with individuals then and now 25 plus years later whom are service oriented, leaders in their respective communities and industries are experiences I will cherish forever. I describe that as Howard made!” —Fred Killings, M.S.M. (B.S. ’90), Philadelphia 

Here’s a new question: How can Blacks foster a sense of inclusion in collegiate societies across the country? Please email your responses, with the subject line “Bison Conversations,” to, and include your first and last name, degree earned from Howard, graduation year and current city.




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