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Tony Award-winner Geoffrey Holder, Famed Photographer Gordon Parks and Jazz Artist Dianne Reeves Headline Morehouse College’s 139th Founder’s Week Activities

ATLANTA, January 26, 2006-- Morehouse College celebrates its 139th anniversary during Founder’s Week, February 12-19. As part of the Founder’s Week activities, the College will again host its star-studded “A Candle in the Dark” Gala on Saturday, February 18. This year, Morehouse will present Candle Awards for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Entertainment to famed photographer Gordon Parks and Tony Award-winning director, dancer and actor Geoffrey Holder.

Honorees at the Gala are presented with either a Candle or Bennie award. Candle award recipients are honored for excellence in a variety of fields, including athletics, business, education, entertainment, government, law, military service, religion and science and technology.

This year, the recipients of the Candle award are: Augustus White, professor of orthopedics, Harvard University, Candle in Medicine; Alphonse Fletcher Jr., chairman and CEO of Fletcher Asset Management, Inc., Candle in Business; and Butch Lewis, legendary boxing promoter, who will receive the Candle in Business and Entertainment.

The Bennie recipients are graduates of Morehouse who receive recognition in the areas of service, achievement and trailblazing. The award is named for the late Benjamin E. Mays, who served as president of Morehouse from 1940 to 1967.

The 2006 Bennie recipients are: Michael Lomax ’68, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, Bennie Achievement; Albert Price ’50, president of the Southeast Texas Community Development Corporation, Inc., Bennie Service; and Thomas Sampson ’68, co-founder and senior partner of the law firm Thomas, Kennedy, Sampson and Patterson, Bennie Trailblazer.

Honorary co-chairs for the event are E. Neville Isdell, CEO of The Coca-Cola Company and Kenny Leon, artistic director of the True Colors Theatre Company. Hollywood actors and husband and wife Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Dondré Whitfield will emcee the event.

Founder’s Week at Morehouse is a multi-event celebration that culminates with the annual Morehouse College Glee Club Spring Concert and reunion on Sunday, February 19.

Please see below for the full schedule of events.

Thursday, February 17, 2006
Founder’s Day Convocation
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
10:45 a.m.

Honorary Degree Recipients:
Alphonso Jackson, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Catherine B. Reynolds, Chairman and CEO of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation

Presidential Citation Recipients:
Benjamin Logan ’60, College supporter
Dr. Richard McKinney ’31, formerly the College’s oldest living alumnus (posthumous recognition)

Friday, February 17, 2006
“One of the Best Things We’ve Ever Done”A celebration of The Campaign for a New Century
The Georgia Aquarium (by invitation only)
7 p.m.

“An Evening of Jazz with Dianne Reeves”Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
9 p.m. (tickets available through Ticketmaster)
Doors open at 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 18, 2006
Reflections of ExcellenceFeaturing the 2006 Bennie and Candle Award Recipients
(Honorees address the campus community in a panel discussion on their goals and accomplishments)
Moderator: Karyn Greer, WXIA-TV, 11 Alive
Sale Hall Chapel
11 a.m.

18th Annual “A Candle in the Dark” Gala Hyatt Regency Hotel, Centennial Ballroom
Emcees: Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Dondré Whitefield
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 19th
The Annual Glee Club Spring Concert Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
4 p.m.


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, the College enrolls approximately 3,000 students. The College offers 26 majors in three academic divisions: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, and Business and Economics. Morehouse offers a number of programs and activities to enhance its challenging liberal arts curriculum through the Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Morehouse Research Institute, and Andrew Young Center for International Affairs. 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 director of the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine; Shelton “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; and Nima A. Warfield, the first African American Rhodes scholar from a HBCU.


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Posted by Kara at January 27, 2006 06:29 PM

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