HU Event to Honor Late Journalist Samuel F. Yette

10/15/2012, 9:26 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Tribute will be paid to the late journalism professor, Samuel F. Yette, during a special program to be held Oct. 19 as part of Howard University's homecoming celebration.

"The Choice: Perspectives on the Presidential Election," which explores money, media and voting rights, is being hosted by the Howard University School of Communications (HUSC) and the Samuel F. Yette Memorial Scholarship Committee.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Seeley G. Mudd Building located at 520 W St. in Northwest. A reception precedes the program at 5 p.m.

Featured journalists include William Douglas, congressional correspondent for the McClatchy Newspapers, who will address "Big Money: What Is the Influence of the Super-PACS?;" Wilmer Leon, a political scientist and nationally-syndicated radio and talk-show host, who will speak on "Voter Suppression," and Dorothy Gilliam, former Washington Post columnist and director of the Prime Movers Media program at George Washington University, who will address "Are the Media Doing Their Job?"

Moderators for the event are Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of The Washington Informer, and Gloria Minott, public affairs director, WPFW Radio. Rolark Barnes and Minott are both HUSC alumnae.

Yette, author of the seminal work, "The Choice: The Issue of Black Survival in America," was a pioneer at HUSC, where he taught from 1972 until 1986. He died in January 2011.

"Alumni response when contacted to contribute to the Samuel F. Yette Memorial Scholarship fund was remarkable last year," said Chuka Onwumechili, HUSC interim dean. "It indicated how highly Professor Yette was held by his students and those who came to know this beloved professor and journalist."

To RSVP for the program, call (202) 806-5807 or (202) 806-7980, or email Carol Dudley, director of the Office of Career Development, School of Communications, at CDudley@howard.edu and indicate "Homecoming/Yette Event."

Free parking is available after 5 p.m. on Bryant Street, N.W.; in the Annex II lots facing the Medical School; and at the Banneker School lot on 4th and Bryant streets in Northwest.