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."
Morehouse is now the home of some of the most important historic art in South Africa.
The College is the recipient of 26 oil paintings and mixed media from the Soweto School of Art, courtesy of Martin Britz, a South African pastor and art collector who’s father was also an art collector and curator.
"Martin came to Morehouse to meet with President Robert M. Franklin ’75 in 2009 to discuss his desire to make this gift," said Terry Mills, dean for Research and Sponsored Programs. "As part of the gift, I’m involved in editing what will eventually be two coffee table books on the Soweto School of Art. One will be on the broader Soweto school and the other will be about the 26 pieces of Soweto art that we received as a gift."
In 1961, Cason Hill ’53 figured he would teach a year or so at Morehouse and then maybe go back to his postal job or teach in the public school system.
It didn't turn out that way.
"I didn't have any idea that I'd be here a second year," Hill said. "I came here as a replacement. After the first year, I went back to my civil service postal job that summer, but then I came back in September and did another year. I started taking courses at Atlanta University towards my Ph.D. After I got that, there was no turning back."
More than $1.2 million was raised for scholarships for Morehouse College and other Atlanta University Center institutions during the UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball in December.
Held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, more than 1,200 people attended what has become one of Atlanta’s biggest annual social events.
“Every year the Mayor’s Masked Ball brings together Atlanta leaders who believe in the power of education to help the next generation of doctors, teachers, lawyers, engineers, business executives and entrepreneurs get the education they need to compete in a global economy,” UNCF president and CEO Michael Lomax ’68 told the Atlanta Daily World.
The $1.2 million raised goes to the UNCF’s Campaign for Emergency Student Aid (CESA). Those funds will to Morehouse, Spelman, Clark Atlanta and the Interdenominational Theological Seminary.