A Day Without Howard

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Keija Minor (J.D. ’99)

A day without Howard is a day without Keija Minor, the first African-American to hold the editor-in-chief title with Condé Nast since its inception in 1909. Specifically, for Brides magazine, with a third of a million copies in circulation. Brides-to-be and imaginative little girls alike, this means a day without Minor’s expertise on dresses, cakes, ceremonies, receptions and honeymoons.

Marlon Wayans

A day without Howard means a day without the other half to a hilarious duo of brothers, Marlon Wayans. This means goodbye to the fan-favorite ’90s sitcom The Wayans Bros. A day without Howard means no White Chicks, a hilarious comedy featuring Shawn and Marlon Wayans that grossed $113.1 million. Just one day without Howard proves that television shows and movies would never be the same.

Taraji P. Henson (BFA ’95)

A day without Howard is a day without Taraji P. Henson, star of Fox’s top series, Empire, which raked in 17 million viewers in Season 1. This means a day without your Wednesday night muse, your Thursday morning buzz. It means a day without a BET Award, a Critics Choice Television Award, a Golden Globe and an NAACP Image award for an outstanding actress. To broadcast networks, this means a day without the best results you’ve seen from a premiere season in a decade.

Carter G. Woodson (L.L.D. ’47)

A day without Howard means a day without Carter G. Woodson—“The father of Black history.” A day without Howard is a day without the man credited with creating Negro History Week, the precursor of Black History Month.

Enolia McMillan (B.A. ’26)

A day without Howard means a day without Enolia McMillan and her extensive contributions to Black education and the NAACP. This means going without the former president of the Maryland State Colored Teachers Association, regional vice president of the National Association of Colored Teachers and one of the first Black teachers at a White school following Brown v. Board of Education. It also means a day without the first female president of the NAACP.

Patricia Bath (M.D. '68)

A day without Howard means a day without Dr. Patricia Bath, a groundbreaking African-American woman. This means going without the first Black person to serve as a resident in ophthalmology at New York University and the first Black woman to serve as a surgeon at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center. It means doing without the first woman serving on the Jules Stein Eye Institute’s staff and without the first woman heading a post-graduate training program in ophthalmology. A day without Howard means a day without the first African-American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose. It means a day without a holder of four patents and without the founder of the American Institute for Prevention of Blindness in Washington, D.C.

Stokely Carmichael Kwame Ture (B.A. ’64)

A day without Howard is a day without Kwame Ture, a prominent civil rights figure. More famously known as “Stokley Carmichael,” it means a day without a leader of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party and without the first leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. This means a day without the Honorary Prime Minister of the Black Panther Party.

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