Howard University is scheduled to hold a panel discussion on March 31 on the late U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes, the first Black man Ohio elected to Congress. The discussion will be held with Stokes’ family members during a live taping of “@Howard” from 1:30 p.m. at WHUT-TV, 2222 4th Street NW.

The free event celebrates Stokes’ autobiography called “The Gentleman From Ohio,” as well as the 16th anniversary of the health science library at Howard named in Stokes’ honor.  Civil Rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis wrote its forward.

A reception and book signing will follow the program at the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library, 501 W Street NW. For more information about the event or to RSVP, send an email to

Rep Louis Stokess