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College Celebrates King Month 2011

King Celebration 2011While the January celebration of global icon, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. '48, is one of the nation's treasured holidays, it takes on a special meaning at Morehouse, where King started as a 15-year-old in 1944.

“Morehouse played a prominent role in Dr. King’s moral and intellectual development, laying the foundation for his success at the graduate level and later rise to prominence as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century,” said Vicki Crawford, executive director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. Full Story

Jesse Jackson Tells Students They Are Somebody

Days after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. ‘ 48 was assassinated in Memphis in 1968, the Rev. Jesse Jackson was asked to ease the tensions among black people. Jackson immediately thought about what he once read in a book by 1923 Morehouse graduate, Howard Thurman.  He then said to the group, “I am somebody.”

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HBCU-UP Program Gets $3 Million Grant for Energy Institute

The Morehouse effort to begin an energy institute got a huge boost with a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant obtained through the Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program allows the College to develop the Institute for Sustainable Energy, which will support biofuels research and a weatherization project.

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Fair Street Renamed Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard

Atlanta Student MovementThe portion of Fair Street running from Northside Boulevard to Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard has been renamed to honor the more than 4,000 Atlanta University Center students who stood up against racism and discrimination.

On Nov. 1, the leaders of that movement, including Lonnie King ’69 and Julian Bond, gathered with other local officials on what is now known as Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that movement.     

Anong those in attendance were President Robert M. Franklin ’75, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and members of the Atlanta City Council. 

“We owe much of our opportunity and success today to the great men and women of the Atlanta Student Movement who had the vision and foresight to stand up for human and civil rights despite seemingly insurmountable odds,” Reed said. “Their courage and determination is the legacy upon which we stand today, and their work inspires all of us to do more and be more as we continue to push for freedom and justice for all.”

Hopps Students Win Competitions

November proved to be a great month for members of the John H. Hopps Jr. Defense Research Scholars Program.

Seven Hopps scholars won awards during the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 10-13.  The winners and their category are:

  • Jabari Elliott, junior – Biomedical Sciences
  • Brantley Fulton, sophomore – Chemical Science
  • Miles Fuller, junior – Developmental Biological Science
  • Adriel James, sophomore – Microbiological Sciences
  • Zollie White III, junior – Microbiological Sciences
  • Ryan Leon, junior – Microbiological Sciences
  • Chauncey Smith, senior – Social and Behavioral Science and Public Health

A week later, eight Hopps scholars were honored during the Achievement Reward for College Scientists Foundation (ARCS),  Annual Scholar Awards Luncheon.   The winners and their awards include:

  • Blair Alexander Jr., senior – Glenn Award
  • Kevin Anderson Jr., senior – Sartain-Lanier Award
  • Roy Llewellyn II, sophomore – Zeist Award
  • Kenneth Lyons Jr., senior – Ritz-Carlton Award
  • Jamaji Nwanaji-Ewerem, junior – Berry/ARCS Century Award
  • Michael Street, senior – Zeist/ARCS Century Award
  • Davian Vernon, junior – Janie Wilson ARCS Light Award
  • Zollie White III, junior – Meier Award

“It just shows how immensely talented and dedicated these  student are to their research,” said Rahmelle Thompson, executive director of the John H. Hopps Jr. Research Scholars Program.  “Due to the wonderful support of the U.S. Department of Defense, these young researchers are going to be huge contributors to research in the future.”

New Websites Developed for Student Services, Athletics and King Collection

Online visitors to Morehouse athletics, the Office of Student Services and The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection are seeing a different look in those areas.

Each has undergone redesigns that were unveiled over the last several weeks.

“I am very pleased with the website re-launch for the Morehouse King Collection,” said Vicki Crawford, executive director of the King Collection. “It gives the Collection great visibility which is critical to advancing our campus-based programs and community outreach efforts.” 

Web Manager Kara Walker in the Office of Communications said in 2011there are more changes in store for the College’s web site,, that will affect the Morehouse community.

“We are excited to offer in the near future web site maintenance services to the entire campus through a new content management system, similar to what is now used on the new Athletics web site,” she said.  “This will allow for more timely updates to the College’s website.”

To see the new Morehouse athletics site, go to

To see the new Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection site, go to

To see the new Morehouse Office of Student Services site, go to

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