Anita Ann Howard Prather (born March 22, 1969), née Anita Ann Howard, is a former American track and field athlete who specialized in the 400 meters.
Howard received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she was a member of the Florida Gators track and field team from 1988 to 1991. She graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1993, and was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2007.
Howard won a silver medal in the 4 x 400 meters relay at the 1997 World Indoor Championships in Paris, together with teammates Shanelle Porter, Natasha Kaiser-Brown and Jearl Miles-Clark. The team set a new North American indoor record of 3:27.66 minutes.
Her personal best in the 400 meters was a time of 51.01 seconds, which she ran in Austin, Texas in June 1992.
Anita Howard now works for Lennard Highschool as a HOPE Teacher.