Lance Gross Travels to China with Howard’s Freshman Leadership Academy

Howard alum and actor serves as program's first global ambassador

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Recently, award-winning actor Lance Gross boarded a plane to China with 60 students from Howard University’s Freshman Leadership Academy. Serving as the program’s first global ambassador, the Howard alum accompanied the students on the trip as they examined practices in education, business, and leadership, while also learning about China’s unique culture.

“I am very impressed with the Freshman Leadership Academy and honored to serve as its first global ambassador,” Gross says in a Howard University press release. “I wish this program had been at Howard when I was a student. Every parent, teacher, professor, adviser, and employer should support making international experiences an essential and affordable component of a well-rounded education.”

The Freshman Leadership Academy was founded in 2010 with a goal to help first year students have a more global perspective on academic subjects and real world issues, while also helping them to build their leadership skills. It’s sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in conjunction with the Howard University Student Association. This year, through fundraising efforts, the students raised $145,000 for their trip to China.

While in China, FLA students will visit historic landmarks such as the Great Wall of China, the Shanghai World Financial Center, and major U.S. companies that are doing business in China. They are scheduled to return on August 3.

  • Nat Turner

    Much later, but no less surprising to those who do not know.
    The Chinese Admiral Zheng He circumnavigated the world
    some 70 years before Europe 1st set out onto the world stage.
    Proof of this can be found in the Admiral’s world map of 1418,
    which quite clearly shows all the continents, including the Americas,
    pretty much as we know them to be today.
    Western historians have tried hard to disprove the validity of this map, claiming it may have been copied from some flat earther,
    such as the French, who at that time were still gingerly clinging onto the edges of Europe when they sailed, lest they fell off the earth.
    Zheng He said visited Africa, following which he brought back a present to the Yongle Emperor, (1360 – 1424 AD).
    that present was a most distinct and uniquely African animal,
    a Giraffe.
    A painting of this Giraffe still exists, it was made by
    Shen Du (1357 – 1434 AD) a calligrapher and poet of the Ming court.
    This Giraffe is thought to have originated in Kenya, East Africa,
    where a few years ago the wreck of one of Admiral Zheng He’s ships was found.
    A picture of the World Map of 1418 and the Giraffe