Dr. Nicki Washington was the 2000 valedictorian of Johnson C. Smith University, receiving a B.S. in computer science. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from NC State University in 2002 and 2005, respectively, becoming the first African-American female Ph.D. in computer science from the university, and the first Johnson C. Smith computer science graduate to obtain a Ph.D. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Howard University.
Two time valedictorian Judge Robert Herberton Terrell (1857-1925) became the first African American judge in the nation's capital, January 15, 1910. He received a B.A., cum laude, valedictorian from Harvard University in 1884; the L.L.B. degree, valedictorian from Howard University School of Law in 1889; and the L.L.M. from Howard University School of Law in 1893. #BlackHistory #HowardUniversity #HBCU
Moddie Daniel Taylor, was a member of the small, elite group of African American scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project, the code name for the top-secret effort to create an atomic bomb during World War II. Taylor graduated valedictorian from Lincoln University in Missouri and received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. He became chair of the Chemistry Department at Howard University. #BlackHistory
Alabama State University President Gwendolyn E. Boyd was born December 27, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama and graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery as valedictorian in 1973. She graduated summa cum laude from Alabama State University in 1977 with a B.S. in mathematics and minors in music and physics. She became the first African-American woman to earn a M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University in 1979. She received the M.Div. degree from Howard University.
Double Valedictorian | Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray became the first African American woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest in 1977 at the age of 67, the first black deputy attorney general in the state of California in 1945, the first African American to receive a J.S.D. from Yale Law School in 1965, and graduated first (and the only woman) in her Howard University Law School class in 1944. She was also the valedictorian of Hillsdale High School. #BlackHistory #HowardUniversity
Double Valedictorian William Henry Hastie (1904-1976) graduated Dunbar HS in Washington, DC valedictorian and received a BA from Amherst College, valedictorian and magna cum laude, He also received a JD from Harvard Law School. He became the Dean of Howard University Law School, the first African American to serve as Governor of the US Virgin Islands and Federal Judge of US, Court of Virgin Islands.
Tenika M. Felder, a magna cum laude graduate and Valedictorian of her class received her Bachelor of Architecture degree in may 2002 from Howard University. In December 2002, she also graduated as summa cum laude from Howard University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design.
Mildred Adams Fenton (1899–1995) trained in paleontology and geology at the University of Iowa. She and her husband, Carroll Lane Fenton, wrote dozens of science books together. | 34 American Lady Scientists Who Changed The World