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Oprah Winfrey Extends South African Reach With Morehouse College Fellows

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Morehouse Students Tackle AIDS Epidemic in South Africa

When nine undergraduate students from Morehouse College travel to South Africa, it won’t be an ordinary excursion—but a complete South African immersion! While on the trip, they will explore ethical leadership related to HIV/AIDS response and public policy in South Africa.

The trip, which will take place from May 18-June 8, is part of the inaugural Oprah South African Leadership Project. For three weeks, students from Morehouse will have the extraordinary opportunity to focus on various aspects of South African life and culture. The program is made possible through a generous gift from the ALCOA Foundation and a $1 million gift from Morehouse supporter and friend Oprah Winfrey.

With the number of HIV/AIDS cases rising at staggering speeds on college campuses, this will be a once-in-a- lifetime experience — a chance to give back to a community that is being ravaged by the disease. The work will center on the services provided by the non-governmental organization (NGO) eTaseni in Cape Town, South Africa.

According to the South African AIDS Foundation, the country has the worst HIV epidemic in the world. In 2003, approximately 6.2 million people in South Africa were infected with the disease. eTaseni is an AIDS service organization that provides education, treatment and care for people living with AIDS. While working with eTaseni, the fellows will:

· participate in student forums;
· serve as peer counselors;
· examine public policy and response to HIV/AIDS.

At the University of Pretoria, the students will learn how South African public policy is made and how ethical leadership can shape the global response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The Morehouse College Leadership Center is committed to ethical leadership on a global scale. The Oprah South African Leadership Project encompasses ethical leadership training and community service in both Atlanta and South Africa.

After the trip, six students from South Africa will join 30 high school upperclassmen from around the country on the Morehouse campus for seven days to advance the strategies and training that constitute the model for ethical leadership.

Ranked three times as the number one college in the nation for educating African American students by Black Enterprise magazine, and recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top feeder schools for the 15 most prominent graduate and professional schools in the country, Morehouse College is the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for men. Founded in 1867, Morehouse is one of only two Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU) to produce three Rhodes Scholars. Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize laureate and civil rights leader; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and Interim President at the Morehouse School of Medicine; Sheldon “Spike” Lee, filmmaker and president of 40 Acres & A Mule Productions; Samuel L. Jackson, academy Award nominated actor; Maynard H. Jackson, founder of Jackson securities and the first African American mayor of Atlanta.

Posted by Kara at May 10, 2005 04:48 PM

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