Take Note: Morehouse accolades
William Anderson, professor of art, and 22 other international photographers participated in the Nordstrom department store’s “Love Now” exhibit during February in honor of Black History Month at the store’s Perimeter Mall location. Anderson’s work is a 1987 black-and-white photo of two boys called “Mamay and Booney.”
Herbert Charles, director of the Department of Telecommunications, was quoted in the Sunday, March 20, Atlanta Journal-Constitution article “Design a la MODA: Atlanta Museum Reinvents Itself with Focus on Artists who Find Form in Function” about the Museum of Design Atlanta. Charles is the board chairman for the museum, which aims to become the “premier design resource and showcase in Atlanta.” MODA’s exhibition “Design is Not Equal to Art” will end July 9.
Alton Hornsby Jr. ’61 and Alexa Benson Henderson will share the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship for co-authoring book The Atlanta Urban League, 1920-2000. The award is given by The Edwin Mellen Press, which published The Atlanta Urban League, to a book. Hornsby and Henderson’s publication details the history of the Atlanta Urban League.
Ramona Houston, assistant professor of history, participated in a private screening of clips from the PBS documentary “Slavery and the Making of America” and a panel discussion at the Atlanta Life Financial Group headquarters. The panel discussion focused on slavery in America from the perspectives of enslaved blacks. “It’s one thing to read about slavery, but it’s another to see and hear the portrayals,” said Houston. “The film humanizes enslaved Africans, instead of looking at them as nameless, faceless objects, by recounting the [actual] biographies of slaves.”
Betsy McCann, director of Forensics, was unanimously elected president of the Georgia State Forensic Association coaches division. She is the youngest coach in Georgia history to receive this honor.
Aaron Parker, associate professor of philosophy and religion, was interviewed by National Public Radio reporter Joshua Levs on March 3 for a story about how the tradition of black churches in America may be changing with the rise of the “megachurch” phenomenon.
Willie Rockward, assistant professor of physics, was named a 2004 Technical Achiever of the Year by the National Technical Association (NTA). The NTA is a technical organization of scientists, engineers, architects, technologists, educators and technical business entrepreneurs for African Americans.
Clark White, associate professor of sociology, was quoted in a March 7 article in The Los Angeles Times about Atlantan Tyler Perry’s new film “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” The film addressed topics central to the main character’s lifestyle in an affluent, black suburb of Atlanta. White said that some blacks in those tony enclaves are financially overextended. “Most of what we see is the extended credit and credit card debt,” he said. “We have a considerable amount of data that [shows] Atlanta is not the promised land.”
Berenecea Johnson-Eanes, program manager for TRIO Programs and relationship expert, was interviewed on March 22 by AOL Blackvoices.com for a series about dating habits in the African American community.
Noreen Mashaw, statistical research assistant, and Alana Veal, coordinator for Planning and Assessment, were among the first higher education professionals to graduate from the Planning Institute at the Society for College and University Planning. The program consists of three seminars that expose participants to best practices in college planning. The ceremony was held at the institute’s Tempe, Ariz., headquarters.
Herman “Skip” Mason, archivist, and the College archives were the focus of an installment in the WSB-TV Channel 2 feature series, “Celebrating the Heritage.” The vignette aired February 27, during the 6 o’clock newscast and detailed memorabilia and items in the archives in addition to what Mason has done to help build the College’s collection of historical artifacts.
President Walter E. Massey ’58 was awarded the Edward & Christina Bannister History Makers Award by The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society during the group’s annual ball. Massey is the fourth recipient of the award, which is given to a person who serves the community and is a “model for hope, achievement, and possibility for the future.”
Linda Nelson, office manager for the Division of Science and Mathematics, participated in a panel discussion about preparing students of color for careers in research during the 10th anniversary celebration of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders student research training Partnership Program.
Mykwain Gainey '05, an English major, and Greg Jackson Jr. '05, a marketing major, are being given the Dr. Beverly L. Hall Young Adult Award by the National Black Herstory Task Force for their outstanding work as student filmmakers. Gainey has made six films and Jackson made four. The Young Adult Award is named for Atlanta Public Schools superintendent and is presented to young people who have demonstrated above average courage, wisdom and/or academic skills.
Theodore Norman ’07, a music major, has been selected to attend the 57th Japan-American Student Conference to take place this summer in Japan. Norman will exchange academic and cultural views about the world with 79 other American and Japanese college students as they visit Kyoto, Hiroshima, Okinawa and Tokyo.
Drew Stewart ’06, a political science major, garnered the first-place prize—$400 cash and a plaque—in the 2005 Otis Moss Jr. Oratorical Contest held February 17. Basheer Jones ’06, an African American Studies major, took second place and a $300 cash prize and plaque, Stacy Merritt ’05, a history major, won third place and $200 and a plaque, and Darrell J. Bennett Jr. ’07, a history major, earned fourth place and $100 and a plaque. Kashif J. Powell ’07, a political science major, and Timothy J. Hardwick ’08, an English major, were honorable mentions and earned $50 and a certificate each.
The Morehouse College Speech Team, coached by Betsy McCann, director of Forensics, captured second place at the Georgia Interstate Forensic Association State Tournament. Individual results are as follows:
- W. Nick Harris ’08 , a chemistry and chemical engineering major: 3rd place, Impromptu Speaking; 2nd place, Extemporaneous Speaking
- Abdul Kamara ’06 , an economics major: 2nd place, After Dinner Speaking
- Benjamin Pete ’06 , a political science major: 4th place, Prose Interpretation; State Champion, Dramatic Interpretation
- Kashif Powell ’07 , a political science major: 4th place, Persuasive Speaking; 2nd place, Prose Interpretation; 2nd place, Informative Speaking; State Champion, Poetry Interpretation; State Champion, Communication Analysis. Powell was also the overall state champion in individual sweepstakes, making him the top single competitor at the tournament. He was unanimously elected president of the Georgia State Forensic Association student division, the first time a Morehouse student has received this honor.
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