The first African American female president of the American Bar Association is Paulette Brown. Ms. Brown received her Bachelor of Arts from Howard University, and has earned several titles, awards, and nominations since then, including the Spirit of Excellence Award, from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. Ms. Brown is currently a partner and co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Locke Lord, LLP. She has been named one of “50 most influential minority lawyers in America,” by the National Law Journal, and one of the most “prominent women and minority attorneys in New Jersey,” by the N.J. Law Journal. She is the recipient of our Charlotte E. Ray Law Award.

Daisy Etta Booker Douglas was a civil rights pioneer. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in home economics at Howard University in 1938, she was one of the first ten African American teachers to work in Montclair, NJ. Since her move to the city in 1946, she pushed her community forward. Ms. Daisy taught Home Economics at Montclair High School for 26 years. She became a charter member of Jack and Jill of North Jersey and the Montclair chapter of the NAACP. She loved to travel, and she became a regular at minority-sponsored conferences, tournaments, and organizations all over the country. Mrs. Douglas was a true lifetime-achiever. She is the recipient of the HUACNJ’s Inaugural Scholarship Luncheon’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The true definition of Howard University’s motto “Veritas et Utilitas,” truth and service, is exemplified through our newest president. As a triple alumnus, he has earned numerous awards including a congressional citation for distinguished service. Since he rejoined the Howard family, serving as interim president since October 2013, and becoming president in July 2014, his mission has been, to renew “commitment to academic excellence and access to affordable education,” and he has rallied students, alumni, faculty, and staff to join his cause. He  is our keynote speaker for the afternoon, he is President Wayne A.I. Frederick.

Howard University Alumni Club Inaugural Scholarship Luncheon Honorees


For the second year in a row, Star Ledger Columnist and Howard University Alum, Barry Carter has won the New Jersey Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. From the words of the judges, Carter’s work, “inspired me, challenged me, uplifted me, and made me choke up and cry a little.”

Carter’s 30-year journalism career began as a reporter for The Marietta Times in Marietta, Ohio in 1985. A year later he moved on to The Flint Journal in Flint, Michigan, before joining The Star-Ledger in 1989. Since then, he has been honored and awarded by several community organizations. He recently received the Breaking News Writing Award from the Garden State Association of Black Journalists. He is more than deserving of the HUACNJ’s Inaugural Fundraising Luncheon’s Samuel Yette Journalism Award.

The first African American Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Institutional Clients Group (ICG) Citigroup, is Howard University Alum Mark Mason. Mr. Mason has been a part of the company since 2001, working with countless fortune 100 companies, and holding multiple titles, including Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief of Staff. In 2009, he became “one of 100 most powerful executives in corporate America,” and in 2013, he earned the title Corporate Executive of the Year, both named by Black Enterprise Magazine. He gave back to his alma mater by joining the Howard University Board of Trustees in 2012. Needless to say, Mr. Mason has made a name for himself and his work ethic. He is the recipient of our Dr. Milton Wilson Business Award, Mr. Mark Mason.

ACE (Andrea’s Communication’s Empire) Media Corporation, founded in 2003, is a broadcast media, sales and marketing representation firm, whose “primary emphasis is creating an ethnically diverse product.” Andrea Holmes Thompkins, the corporation’s founder and current president/CEO, is one of the first African American women to build such a communications powerhouse. A native of Paterson, NJ, Mrs. Thompkins, earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from Howard University. Since then, she has had the pleasure of working with a number “A-list” clients, including American Express, Chase, Coca Cola, Chrysler, Ford, McDonald’s, and many more. She currently represents, NBCUniversal networks, BRAVO, USA, MSNBC, and others. Mrs. Thompkins is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, most recently honored as 2013 National Association of Professional Woman of the Year, 2014 Bergen County’s Women of the Year, and our 2016 HUACNJ’s Inaugural Fundraising Luncheon’s Hal Jackson Broadcasting Award.

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