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Interfaith Activist Eboo Patel Urges Men of Morehouse to Continue King's Work

King Celebration 2011By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

The Morehouse community has to continue its legacy of fighting racism and faith-based discrimination, said global interfaith activist Eboo Patel.

"There are too many people out there building prisons of racial or faith-based isolation," he said.  "We need you to be architects for the Worldhouse.  Across the generation, when history has called, Morehouse Men have answered.  And so must you, and so will you."

Patel, founder and president of Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, was the main speaker during the Martin Luther King Jr. Crown Forum on Jan. 12.  His speech was also the first event during the College's 2012 King Celebration. 

King, an Atlanta native, was a 1948 Morehouse graduate whose father and grandfather also was Morehouse Men.

"When we limit his legacy to quotes and community service, we do ourselves a dishonor," said Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar, senior Rashad Moore.  "When we remember this simple this truth, that he like us walked this very campus, we realize he is our example and not our exception."

Patel, who served on President Barack Obama's inaugural advisory council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, said that King went through some of the same personal struggles with religion and his professional aspirations that some students do now.

It was when King drew upon now only his family's spiritual legacy but the energetic, intellectual yearning he got from other men of Morehouse that he figured out his true life calling.

"He was having what a Morehouse experience promises – a deepening into his roots and a spreading of his wings," Patel said.

Patel finished by saying that while men of Morehouse has become the fruits of King's dreams, they are being counted on to continue his work.

"You are what has become of that dream," he said.  "It's not in changed laws.  It's in an empowered and committed people.  Continue that legacy, men of Morehouse and Morehouse Men, for him, for the College, for each other, for all of us."

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