Interview with Charles Epps

Dean Epps, Howard University is a school of excellence. If you could talk about those important professors who had been to the school, come out of the school, what they had contributed to society and how you felt about going there.


When I went to Howard in 1947 there were a number of, ah, men on the campus and women who were very outstanding in their own fields and revered on the, on the campus and recognized nationally as significant contributors to their fields. For example there was Sterling Brown who is Professor of English and, ah, ah, a poet, whose works were very highly regarded, John Hope Franklin in the Department of History was, ah, considered, ah, the preeminent in his field, very highly regarded as well. In, in Medicine there was Charles Drew who had been, ah, instrumental in the discover of blood plasma at, during World War II, and had returned as a Professor of, of, of Surgery and Head of the Freedmen's Hospital as Surgeon-in-Chief. And there was also James Nabrit who is, ah, one of the outstanding law professors. Dr. Nabrit had been very instrumental in preparing the, the briefs that led to the major civil rights battle. A lot of that work was done by the law faculty and even the law students assisted in that effort. Dr. Nabrit was extremely, ah, ah, important in that entire effort. People like that gave the University a, a, a, an image of importance and significance to, to Black Americans and to the whole country. And it gave one a feeling of, ah, of, of comfort and pride to be a part of a campus that had people like that working there every day.


Very good. Thank you. Let's cut. Very good.