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During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Howard University School of Social Work celebrated 80 years of social work education at Howard University and honored the legacy of our founding dean, Dr. Inabel Burns Lindsay. An 80th Anniversary luncheon took place on June 11th, 2016 at The Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C.
More than 150 alumni, faculty, friends and students accross seven decades attended the kickoff event for the establishment of the Dr. Inabel Burns Lindsay Society. Then event raised over $30,000. Mildred "Mit" Joyner (M.S.W. '74), kenynote speaker and the inaugural recipient of the Inabel Burns Lindsay Social Work Educator Award, thanked President Wayne A.I. Frederick and Provost Anthony K Wutoh on their commitment to the visionary leadership of current School of Social Work dean, Dr. Sandra Edmonds Crewe.
Joyner provided inspirational remarks that focused on the value of a Howard University Social Work degree and its ability to prepare one to face and conquer challenges. Classmates from the 1950s and 1960s, who studied during Lindsay's deanship, shared reflections about their unique experiences. Dean rewe expressed excitement about the introduction of the Dr. Inabel Burns Lindsay Society, and said that the proceeds from this event and other to follow will support scholarships, fellowships and lectureships.