Program to Honor Late Journalism Professor

10/15/2012, 7:53 p.m.

The Choice: Perspectives on the Presidential Election

WASHINGTON (October 9, 2012) - The Howard University School of Communications (HUSC) issued a press release for a program and reception honoring former journalism professor, the late Samuel F. Yette. "The Choice: Perspectives on the Presidential Election," a program that explores money, media and voting rights is being hosted by HUSC and the Samuel F. Yette Memorial Scholarship Committee.

The event will take place during Howard's homecoming weekend on Fri., Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Seeley G. Mudd Building, 520 W Street, N.W., Room 3019. A reception will precede the program at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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

The program will explore ideas expressed in "The Choice" and its resonance to the 2012 Presidential Election in a panel discussion. 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, will address "Voter Suppression." Also, Dorothy Gilliam, former Washington Post columnist and director of the Prime Movers Media Program at George Washington University, will address "Are the Media Doing Their Job?"

Moderators of the event are Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer, and Gloria Minott, public affairs director, WPFW Radio. Rolark Barnes and Minott are alumni of the Howard University School of Communications.

"Professor Yette led by example and provided his students with everyday lessons around conviction, intellectual curiosity, high moral standards and the virtue of fearlessness," said Bonita Coleman Stewart, vice president, Americas Partner Business Solutions, Google, Inc.

"Sam Yette understood the past and had the vision to see the future," said E. Ethelbert Miller, director of Howard's African American Resource Center. "He warned us about the present. The world is still a dangerous place to live. Sam Yette taught us how to make the right choice when it came to survival. If we erase or forget his words, then we must master the tightrope of life without the nets of memory."

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, N.W.