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Founder's Day Convocation to Honor a Well Known Philathropist and a U.S. Cabinet Member

Morehouse Celebrates 139 Years of Leadership and Excellence
·Catherine Reynolds, philanthropist, to receive Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
·Alphonso Jackson, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, to receive Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

ATLANTA, February 15, 2006-- On Thursday, February 16, Morehouse College will pause to celebrate the 139th anniversary of the College’s founding during a special Founder’s Day Convocation at 10:45 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.

Two very special friends of the College will receive the College’s highest honors during the convocation. Philanthropist Catherine B. Reynolds, chairman and CEO of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation, and Alphonso Jackson, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, will receive the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

The speaker for Founder’s Day Convocation is no stranger to Atlanta. Larry Thompson is the senior vice president of Government Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary for PepsiCo. From 1977 to 1982, Thompson was a partner at King & Spaulding law firm where he practiced in the Antitrust and Litigation departments. From 1982 to 1986, he served as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.
In his current role at PepsiCo, Thompson is responsible for the company’s worldwide legal function, as well as its government affairs organization and the company’s charitable foundation.

What: 139th Founder’s Day Convocation
When: Thursday, February 16, 2006, 10:45 a.m.
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
(on the campus of Morehouse College)

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.

Posted by Kara at February 15, 2006 11:26 PM

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