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Egyptian Scribe w/ papyrus scroll

An account of barley

rations written on clay in Cuneiform 2350 BC

Ancient Scribes




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Medieval Scribe

  • Jean Mielot, a European author

  • and scribe at work,15th century


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General Oliver Otis Howard

“The rights of the freedman, which are not yet secured to him, are the direct reverse of the wrongs committed against him. I never could detect the shadow of a reason why the color of the skin should impair the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."



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Mordecai Wyatt Johnson

Western civilization, Christianity, decency are struggling for their very lives. In this worldwide civil war, race prejudice is our most dangerous enemy, for it is a disease at the very root of our democratic life. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson



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Inabel Burns Lindsay

  • School of Social Work

  • Lindsay worked to establish the school and became its first dean in 1945. She served in this capacity for 22 years. She was a champion for social work, civil rights and social work education for all people.


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School of Social Work (Inabel Burns Lindsay Hall)


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Albert I. Cassell, Architect

Opened in 1938

Founders Library










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Mr. President, fellow citizens, why am I called upon to speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4th of July is yours, not mine. What to the slave is your 4th of July …A day that means gross injustice, a sham, empty promises. The 4th of July is yours, not mine….

Frederick Douglass


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Douglass w/ Lecture Flyer speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Ira Aldridge Theater speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4

  • Home of Many Theatrical Plays


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Ira Aldridge (as Aaron in Titus Andronicus) speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Cramton Auditorium speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Louis C. Cramton speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Courtyard of Tubman Quadrangle speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Harriet Tubman speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Artist’s Renderings w/ Wanted Poster of Tubman speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Artist’s Renderings of Escaped Slaves Heading North speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Sojourner Truth speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Opens 1 speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4st school for African American girls

The Liberator News Advertisement

Prudence Crandall


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Signage for Crandall School /now Museum speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4

School in Canterbury, Connecticut


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Phillis Wheatley speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Lucy Diggs Slowe Hall speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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First Dean of Women speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4

Founders of AKA

Lucy Diggs Slowe


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Mary McLeod Bethune Annex speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Mary McLeod Bethune speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Sculpture by Robert Berks,1974 speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4

I leave you love. I leave you hope. I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another. I leave you a thirst for education. I leave you a respect for the use of power. I leave you faith. I leave you racial dignity. I leave you a desire to live harmoniously with your fellow men. I leave you, finally, a responsibility to our young people

Sculpture in Lincoln Park here in DC, a passage from her last will and testament engraved on side


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Charles R. Drew Hall speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Charles R. Drew speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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George Washington Carver Hall speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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George Washington Carver speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Earnest Everett Just Hall (Biology) speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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32 cent Postage Stamp speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4

Ernest Everett Just


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T-shirt Honors Just speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4

Fraternity’s Insignia

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity


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Hatshepsut’s Obelisk (Egypt) and Hadrian’s Column (Rome) speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Winged Victory of Samothrace (Greek) speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4


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Freedmen’s Column, 1989 speak, what do I have to do w/ your independence? The blessings in which you enjoy, bequeathed by your fathers …are not enjoyed by me. The 4byRichard Hunt


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Schools and Colleges from which Alumni-Scribes have graduated in Howard’s 143 year history

  • College of Arts and Sciences

  • School of Business

  • School of Communications

  • College of Dentistry

  • School of Divinity

  • School of Education

  • College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences

  • Graduate School

  • School of Law

  • College of Medicine

  • College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health

  • School of Social Work


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