On October 20, 2016, the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library transformed from ordinary library into a cocktail reception. Light refreshments were provided as guest mingled. The program began with opening greetings from Christopher N. Cross, founder/co-chair and Rogi J. Banks, co-chair.
The reception progressed with remarks from multiple speakers. Speakers included Gaelle Amazon, Howard University Intercultural Affairs Coordinator, Victoria D. Kirby, National LGBTQ Task Force National Campaign Director and a representative from the Howard University Student Association. President Dr. Wayne A.I. Fredrick addressed the guest as well. He spoke on the various changes made on campus in consideration of the LGBT community.
Emmanuel Key captured the attention of the guests as he sang. Also, students from Howard’s Fine Arts department performed skits that were inspired by situations faced by LGBT people.
Before the reception came to a close, a few guests were presented with awards. Dr. William Ebbs, 1987 College of Dentistry Alumnus received the Inaugural Renaissance Reception Grand Marshal award. Amber I. Broaden, senior psychology major and Jubria Lewis, PhD educational administration policy student were scholarship recipients.
Watch the recap video by Sidney Stewart: