Howard University Charter Day 2019

Hollywood film producer, and proud son of Howard, Charles D. King, will serve as the 2019 Charter Day Convocation orator during the 152nd Charter Day Convocation on Friday, March 1, 2019. King is an alumnus of the Howard University School of Law and founder of MACRO. In 2009, King received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Postgraduate Achievement in the fields of Government and Public Service. Howard University will confer upon Mr. King an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, the University’s highest honor.

Founded in January 2015, King’s MACRO is a leading media company representing the voice and perspectives of people of color. King oversees the company’s focus on creating, developing, producing and financing film, television, digital content, tech companies and brands driven by people of color that encompass universal themes to which all people can connect and relate.

MACRO’s film projects have received nine Oscar nominations. The company’s first major studio film, Fences, received four nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for director/star Denzel Washington, and one win for Best Supporting Actress for Viola Davis. King was an executive producer on the film. Dee Rees’ Mudbound, was the highest sale at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography. King was a producer on the film. Roman J. Israel, Esq. also received an Oscar nomination for Washington and was executive produced by King. MACRO’s most recent film, Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You, is nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. King’s MACRO has a first look co-finance deal with Warner Bros. Pictures and just signed on as a co-financier and King as an executive producer for Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan with Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson as well as a film based on revolutionary Black Panther and historic figure Fred Hampton starring Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield. On the TV side, King will executive produce “Raising Dion,” a 10-episode hour-long, sci-fi, family drama along with Dennis Liu and Michael B. Jordan.

Please join us on March 1 at 11 a.m. in Cramton Auditorium Charter Day Convocation as we celebrate Howard past, Howard present, and Howard forward.

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