Black History Month: Trinidadian Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick

My life literally began at Howard. I was born in Howard University Hospital to a Howard Medical Student, and a recent Howard Law School graduate. A series of interesting coincidences found me here, a student at Howard Law School, in 2014, listening to Trinidadian Howard graduate, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick speak at his first convocation as president of the university.  I seriously felt like I was in the Twilight Zone in an episode called “Vortex of Howard U” or something mystical and catchy like that.

Alma Mater… #HowardU #convocation21014

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Fast forward to the day I was asked to share my Moments that Matter as a partner with AT&T on their Black History Month program, 28 Days. As usual, I start going through the materials, and whose face do I see as part of the Framework section of the 28 Days website where “Black innovators, creatives and activists share the tools, tips and hard-won lessons they rely on to do the exceptional?” Trinidadian born president of Howard University, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick. Dr. Frederick was admitted to Howard University at 16, and earned not only his bachelor’s degree, but also became a Doctor of Medicine and did his surgical residency at Howard.

AT&T asked Dr. Frederick to kick off Black History Month by sharing his tools and tips for accomplishing personal and professional goals:

“The tools that help me accomplish my goals are my smartphones. I have two of them because my mother and grandmother live outside the U.S. I use my personal smartphone for keeping in touch with them.” ~ Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, President of Howard University

He answers this question and many more on AT&T’s “The Bridge” website and will share more on February 17th. I am honored to share my story alongside amazing people this month.  To learn more about Dr. Frederick and other Black innovators, visit, and follow the hashtag on Twitter and Instagram #ATT28Days.

How can you celebrate Black History Month with us? Sharing a photo for a chance to win a tech makeover prize pack of Samsung products from AT&T 28 Days.

Here’s how…

1.  Sign into your Twitter or Instagram account.

2.  Submit an original photo that represents a moment that mattered to you, with a brief description and/or caption explaining why.

3.  The tweet or post MUST also include the hashtags of #ATT28Days and #contest to be considered a valid entry.

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This post is sponsored by AT&T. I have been compensated, and as always, my opinions are my own.

How will you be celebrating Black History Month?