“Advocacy!” Howard University Announces the 2020 Virtual Homecoming Event Schedule and Theme

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Howard University presents “Advocacy” as the theme for the 2020 Howard Homecoming festivities, scheduled October 10-18, 2020. The full calendar of events is available online at https://homecoming.howard.edu/.

“Advocacy” is woven into the fabric of Howard University’s DNA. Since the institution’s founding in 1867 the faculty, staff and students have embodied the mission of truth and service through the pursuit of social justice in numerous ways, including marching, protesting, and lobbying. Now, more than 150 years later, the social unrest of today’s society has made clear that the need for advocacy must press on. Howard University will continue to lead by example and demonstrate the variety of ways our community can engage: Advocacy through your Voice, Advocacy through your Dollars and Advocacy through your Vote. While this year’s Homecoming will be virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic, now is an optimal time for us to unify our spirits around our collective goals of social justice, inclusivity and equity for all.

“Advocacy appropriately captures the energy of this moment in our society and the need to use this time wisely to continue to move Howard Forward, ensuring that this great university will continue producing the scholars and leaders that our society desperately needs,” says President Wayne A. I. Frederick. “We invite our students, alumni and friends to join the campus community in this series of virtual Homecoming events around the theme of advocacy and use this as an opportunity to reignite and reinvigorate your passion for change in our society. Let’s recommit to this great institution which is standing on the front lines to uphold our mission of truth and service every day.”

The week of festivities will begin with a virtual version of the annual Howard University Day of Service on


Dwight Howard timeline: How former Magic star revitalized career with Lakers

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The first time Dwight Howard joined the Lakers, he posed for a Sports Illustrated cover with Steve Nash. It was Howard’s first team in the NBA outside of the Magic, who had drafted him in 2004. The pair was supposed to buoy the latter stages of Kobe Bryant’s career to more NBA Finals glory.

The Howard-Nash combination didn’t work in LA. Howard signed with Houston that offseason, and since then he’s played for the Hawks, Hornets and Wizards. Howard is back with the Lakers in 2020, though, as a bench piece on a team led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis that has reached the NBA Finals. The NBA’s active leader in rebounds and blocks has found his niche. 

After a few years where it looked like the final stages of Howard’s career would be filled with disappointment, his return to the Lakers has left the potential for a strong ending to his last chapter.

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Howard entered the NBA out of high school, a 19-year old from Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. He was the obvious No. 1 pick for the Magic, a player they hoped could be the next iteration of the youthful Shaquille O’Neal who’d provided the Magic such joy before he bolted for Los Angeles. 

The young center was as advertised, and maybe then some. Howard averaged a double-double every year he played for the Magic (and for the first 14 years of his NBA career overall). Most years, there was no doubt who the best center in the NBA was — it was Howard, easily. 

Between 2008 and 2013, Howard put together five straight seasons averaging two or more blocks per game. Howard’s swats were emphatic,


Former head of Howard Universty’s bursar’s office sentenced to 4 months in jail for stealing nearly $140,000

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Mosley enlisted Brian Johnson, 35, a former employee and graduate of the school. The scheme entailed the university directly depositing more than $100,000 into Johnson’s Bank of America account. Johnson then kicked back half of the funds to Mosley via cash and payments through Johnson’s Venmo payment app.

During that period, Johnson’s bank account received 13 deposits of thousands of dollars from Howard.

The case, which has been investigated by the FBI, was part of a 2018 investigation by Howard University that resulted in the termination of six employees, including Mosley and Johnson.

Michael A. Sherwin, the federal prosecutor who oversaw the case, said Mosley also orchestrated a second scheme whereby she added her bank account to a different student’s profile. The university then unknowingly made eight financial aid deposits into the account, totaling $32,000.

Mosley, prosecutors argued, defrauded the school while earning an $89,000-a year salary. “Mosley abused her position of trust at Howard,” Sherwin said.

Mosley’s public defender said his client stole the money because of a gambling addiction.

When Mosley pleaded guilty to the charges in July, U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell ordered her to stay away from casinos as part of her condition of release while she awaited sentencing. As part of her plea, Mosley was ordered to repay nearly $140,000 and forfeit about $86,000. Howell also sentenced Mosley to three years of supervised probation.

Last Friday, the judge sentenced Johnson to three years probation and ordered him to forfeit nearly $54,000. Johnson, who pleaded guilty in July to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, also was ordered to repay $108,000.

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