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Morehouse Names Suites After Alumnus With Vision

During Morehouse College’s commencement and reunion weekend, the College celebrated the renaming of its residential suites after Otis Moss Jr. ’56, former chair of Morehouse’s Board of Trustees and well-known theologian.

Moss has served on the Board of Trustees for more than 25 years. He is credited with moving Morehouse through a period when the institution was without a president, and with broadening the focus of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. The LaGrange, Ga. native often refers to Morehouse as “a beautiful, unfinished cathedral of excellence.”

The Otis Moss Jr. Residential Suites is a two-building complex consisting of units of one-bedroom studios, and two and three-bedroom suites and apartments that include living areas and full kitchens. The buildings also have computer labs, convenient laundry facilities and meditation and study rooms.

Morehouse president Walter E. Massey ’58 said the Moss Residential Suites will have a large impact on many generations, just as Moss has impacted the College.


“Moss is a salutary influence of example, of vision, of faith,” said Massey. “He embraces a grand vision – not an ordinary vision – for the College in making it one of the best colleges in the nation, period.”

In addition to serving as chair of the Board of Trustees, Moss also has served as co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta. He is the pastor of Mount Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a national board member and trustee for the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violence and Social Change.

Moss has received numerous recognitions and awards, including the Role Model of the Year Award from the National Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Development. He was honored with the naming of the Otis Moss Jr. – University Hospitals Medical Center in Cleveland.

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