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November 2010
Civil rights veterans join Martin Luther King Jr.'s fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha holds initiation ceremony in Atlanta

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the world's first African-American and integrated Greek-lettered organization of college men, and one of the world's most influential, has initiated its newest members.

Among the class are world leaders in civil rights, business, education and religion.

In a secret ceremony, Sunday, in Atlanta, Ga., the fraternity inducted nine men, including: the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, who along with fellow Alpha member Martin Luther King Jr., founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
(SCLC); the Rev. C.T. Vivian, a fellow lieutenant of King's in the American Civil Rights Movement; King's son, Martin Luther King III, who now heads the SCLC; John W. Franklin, son of the late historian and Alpha member John Hope Franklin, who is program manager at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.; Robert M. Franklin, president of Morehouse College in Atlanta; the Very Rev. Robert C. Wright, the 10th rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Atlanta, one of the oldest black Episcopal congregations in the U.S.; Reuben McDaniel III, president and CEO of Jackson Securities and a member of the Atlanta Board of Education; Timothy J. King, founder, president and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, a network of public college-prep boys' schools in Chicago; and Leonard James III,
ExxonMobil's corporate policy advisor on diversity and community outreach.
The group's "line name" or class was dubbed the "Divine Nine."

Read the entire press release.


April 2010
Robert Michael Franklin, Jr. Named Alumnus of the Year
Alumni of the Year

The Board of Trustees of the Baptist Theological Union has named Robert Michael Franklin, Jr., Ph.D., the Divinity School’s Alumnus of the Year for 2010. Franklin earned his M. Div. from Harvard Divinity School in 1978, and his Ph.D. from The University of Chicago Divinity School in 1985 for work on Ethics and Society, and Religion and the Social Sciences.

Alumnus of the Year Address: "Nurturing Citizens through Liberal Arts Education: Reflections on Dr. King's Unpublished Papers" (Thursday, April 29, 2010)


February 2009

Sky Radio President Robert Franklin discusses Morehouse and his vision for a Renaissance in an audio interview airing the month of February on the Sky Radio Network’s Best Colleges in America segment on American Airlines.

Listen to the audio interview:

Morehouse is also featured in a video clip on the CNN Airport Network. The video airs the 4 weeks in February; 3 days a week (Mon, Wed and Fri) in 44 major airports across the country, including: Albany, Anchorage, Ashville, Atlanta/DeKalb/Peachtree, Atlanta Hartsfield, Bermuda, Boston Logan, Chicago O'Hara, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Dayton, Denver, Detroit-Wayne County, Houston-Bush, Houston-Hobby, Huntsville/Madison, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Ketchikan, Knoxville-McGhee-Tyson, Lubbock, Memphis, Miami International, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Moline Quad, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, New York- Kennedy, New York-LaGuardia, Newark Liberty, Oakland International, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix Sky Harbor, Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis Lambert, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Sarasota Bradenton, Savannah/Hilton Head, Seattle/Tacoma, Tallahassee, Washington-Dulles and Washington-Regan

November 4, 2008
BBC Radio: Black In America

BBC Radio

In a special series for Outlook, BBC Radio reporter Matthew Bannister traveled to the United States to investigate what it means to be Black in the USA in 2008. Included in his trip, was a visit to Morehouse College where Matthew talked with students and faculty about their expectations for the future.

Listen to the audio interview:

November 2008
Dr. Robert M. Franklin '75 gave the keynote address at the Family Forum Series, sponsored by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion, Emory University.

Topic: “Cosby’s Call To Action and Our Response: What the church and Community Should Do”

To view the The Real Media Player video stream, click here.

**The Real Media Player is a free application that can be downloaded from the Internet.

July 2008
Dr. Robert M. Franklin '75 to be Guest Panelist During Essence's '08 Empowerment Series

Essence Festival 2008

President Robert M. Franklin ’75 spoke about ways to address America’s educational issues during a panel discussion at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on July 5.

As part of the festival’s Empowerment Seminar Series, Franklin participated in a panel discussion entitled “Taking Back Our Communities and Classrooms – Finding Solutions,” with U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Jabali Sawicki, principal of The Excellence Charter School in Brooklyn, N.Y. The discussion was moderated by CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien.

The series aims to empower the audience with knowledge for the soul. Under the theme of “Reclaiming the Dream,” the seminars addressed issues that directly affect African American communities. This year, the discussion focused on spirituality, health, families, relationships, finances and the upcoming presidential election.

Essence magazine partnered with CNN to present the seminars.

October 2007
President Robert Franklin ’75 and Ron Thomas, director of the Journalism and Sports Program, were introduced to members of the press at a reception during the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention and Career Fair in Las Vegas in August. The reception was co-sponsored by Morehouse, the Georgia Power Company and Southern Company.

Las Vegas Trip

Monday, July 30, 2007
President Franklin Delivers Speech On Behalf of Ambassador Andrew Young in Jamaica.