Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Howard University, it was quickly pointed out at the annual Charter Day dinner Tuesday night, has more Cabinet-level officers in the Carter administration than any other college.
Both Patricia Roberts Harris, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Andrew Young, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, earned degrees from Howard. But the spotlight for the evening was not on Harris or Young - though the former Georgia congressman was scheduled to deliver the convocation address at the university yesterday morning - but on four other alumni.
Honored on the 110th anniversary of the university were W. Henry Greene, a well-known Washington doctor and philanthropist; Joseph W. Hatchett, a judge on the Florida State Supreme Court; Elizabeth Catlett Mora, the internationally known sculptor, and Edward Olusola Sanu, the ambassador of Nigeria.
Among most black colleges today the money crunch is a common theme. Due to overall school integration, the brain drain of black colleges by white institutions and general economic recession, black colleges have had to make a special appeal for their survival.
At Tuesday night's dinner, attended by 1,110 people at the Sheraton Park Hotel, money was both the subject of casual remarks and serious concern. "Treat this dinner as you would your own personal birthday party," said Vernon Jordan, the executive director of the National Urban League, a Howard alummus and chairman of the dinner."Treat it with love, affection and plenty of generosity."
For the second year Howard used its Charter Day festivity to announce an ambitious fund-raising campaign. James Cheek, the president of Howard, announced the New Direction Fund, an effort of corporate, diplomatic, congressional and alumni interest that hopes to raise $100 million over the next five years. Richard Terrell, vice chairman of the General Motors Corp. board of directors, is the chairman of this drive.
Among the guests at Tuesday night's dinner were Rep. William Clay (D-Mo.), Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi of Iran, Frankie Freeman, a member of the Civil Rights Commission, Joseph Danzansky, president of Giant Foods who served as a chairman of the University's corporate fund-raising effort last year, and Foster Shannon, president of Shannon and Luchs, his successor.