First African American Secretary of Agriculture and Howard University graduate (LA BA 1975) The Honorable Alphonso Michael "Mike" Espy received the D.H.L. in 1993 when he served as Howard University Charter Day Speaker.
Albert Michael Espy November 30, 1953 Albert Michael Espy is born in Yazoo City, Mississippi. In 1987, he will be sworn in as the state’s first African American congressman since John Roy Lynch more than 100 years before. He will become Secretary of Agriculture during the Bill Clinton administration. Leaving the cabinet under fire and indicted for corruption, he will later be vindicated when he is found not guilty.
Iowa farmers have submitted applications for $2.8 million in cost- share funding to help implement new nutrient reduction practices on their farms, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced yesterday.