announces School of Communications to be named for Cathy Hughes
12, 2016) Howard University president, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick,
recently announced a multi-million dollar gift to its School of
Communications from Alfred C. Liggins III, President and CEO of Radio
One, Inc. The contribution was made through the Catherine L. Hughes and
Alfred C. Liggins III Foundation and establishes that the School will be
named in honor of Cathy Hughes, Radio One founder and Chairperson, and
former Howard University staff member. An official ceremony to
announce the naming of the "Cathy Hughes School of Communications" will
be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at Howard University.
"The Howard community is thrilled that Mr. Liggins has chosen to honor
his mother, Ms. Cathy Hughes, in this manner for her pioneering work in
the field of communications," said Dr. Frederick. "The gift will have a
transformational impact on the School's commitment to serve the
communications industry and as a high-level producer of diverse media
specialists." He went on to acknowledge that Ms. Hughes is well known
for her accomplishments at the School and University, particularly at
WHUR-FM where she created the popular, urban music format known as the
"Quiet Storm." She is also the School's third Time Warner Endowed Chair.
The donation recognizes the extraordinary vigor of Howard's School of
Communications and its faculty, students, staff, and alumni. It
demonstrates Ms. Hughes' and Mr. Liggins' firm beliefs in the role that
the School plays in providing and sustaining a range of educational and
leadership alternatives for African Americans within the communications
In 2013, the School reorganized its undergraduate programs and
departments, graduate studies, and interdisciplinary options. Now in its
45th year of existence, the School proudly boasts four progressive
departments: Communication Culture and Media Studies; Communication
Sciences and Disorders; Media, Journalism and Film; and Strategic, Legal
and Management Communication.
The Catherine L. Hughes and Alfred C. Liggins III Fund at Howard
University will assist the School in acquiring cutting-edge technology
and equipment, which will support its academically rich programs.
Radio One invites its supporters and business partners to join its
effort to promote and support Howard-educated communication leaders who
will continue the cycle of influence and upliftment personified by Ms.
Hughes. Donations should be made to Howard University and
designated for the Cathy Hughes School of Communications.
The decision to rename the School of Communications after Hughes comes
six years after Howard quietly dropped the name of John H. Johnson, the
founder of Ebony and Jet magazines, from its building.
According to an article on the Website for
Diverse Issues in
Higher Education, John Johnson gave Howard a check for $4
million in 2003 with the hope that his donation would someday be used as
a down payment toward the construction of a new building that would
house the communications school that had been renamed that year in his
But after his death in 2005, Johnsonís daughter and heir, Linda Johnson
Rice, opted to support her alma mater, the University of Southern
California (USC), instead.
A former USC trustee, Rice gave $2.5 million to USCís Annenberg School
for Communication in 2007 to establish the Johnson Communication
Leadership Center, which provides undergraduate scholarships and hosts
seminars focused specifically on issues relating to African-Americans in
In honor of her lifetime commitment to excellence in the media industry,
Howard University's School of Communications will officially be renamed
the Cathy Hughes School of Communications during its unveiling ceremony
Sunday, October 23.
Leading up to the celebration, Radio One, Inc. is saluting Ms. Hughes
with an integrated, cross-platform congratulatory promotion consisting
of on-air and online announcements and special programming across its 56
Radio One stations, national television network, TV One, 10 nationally
syndicated Reach Media radio programs and its six Interactive One
On Monday, October 17, in honor of this significant occasion, Ms. Hughes
will be a guest on many of her urban media company's nationally
syndicated shows including, Russ Parr Morning Show, Rickey Smiley
Morning Show, DL Hughley Show, Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Ed Lover
Show, and Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell. Also throughout the week
of October 17-22, Washington, D.C.'s WOL-AM will broadcast Ms. Hughes'
classic radio shows in a marathon, "The Best of The Cathy Hughes Morning
Show," from 12-2 p.m. ET and 12-2 a.m. ET.
Additionally, Ms. Hughes will sit down for an exclusive interview with
Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of TV One's NewsOne Now, the
only daily television news program dedicated to Black viewers, for a
one-hour primetime special premiering on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 10 p.m. ET.
In "Cathy Hughes One on One: A NewsOne Special," she will discuss the
joys and challenges of building a media empire. As the first
African American woman to chair a publicly traded company, Ms. Hughes
will walk Martin through her journey from teen mom to urban media maven
in a live-to-tape interview from where it all began -- Howard
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