Howard University in Spotlight with Recent Hires, VP Harris

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“It’s official!”

Howard University announced on Twitter as Kamala Harris took the oath of office as Vice President of the United States on January 20 earlier this year.

Right away, Harris became Howard’s best-known graduate, passing even Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court justice. Harris graduated in 1986. Marshall received his law degree in 1934.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks about voting rights at Howard University in Washington, Thursday, July 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Howard is one of about 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, known as HBCUs, in the U.S. HBCUs started in the late 1800s so Black Americans could go to college at a time when many universities did not accept them.

Howard, about three kilometers from the White House, was founded in 1867. Its long list of famous graduates includes Nobel Prize-winner Toni…

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