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Morehouse College Receives the Official Ray Charles Tour Bus


ATLANTA, February 17, 2006— The motor coach that ushered the King of Soul from city to city during his touring days, now belongs to Morehouse College. The bus is the latest in a series of connections that the late Ray Charles and his long-time manager, Joe Adams, have with Morehouse.

In 2001, Ray Charles, who received an honorary degree from the College the same year, gave Morehouse two $1 million gifts to seal a mutual commitment to find, educate and inspire the next generation of musical pioneers. Those gifts set into motion the plans for the proposed Morehouse College Center for the Arts, which will house The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center.

Dr. Walter E. Massey, president of Morehouse College said, “This is a fitting symbol to illustrate the relationship that Ray had with Morehouse,” he said. “The Performing Arts Center, which will be named for Ray, as well as the symbolism of the bus, will inspire our students who are interested in music careers.”

Joe Adams is the second largest individual donor to the Center for the Arts, having given a $1 million gift toward the project. He is also responsible for introducing Ray Charles to Morehouse and nurturing the relationship.

“This [Morehouse] is where Ray would have wanted the bus to be,” Adams said. “It served us well and now we want it to serve the wonderful students of Morehouse College.”

In 1995, Joe and his wife Emma established the Emma and Joe Adams Public Service Institute, which supports students who balance academic excellence with a commitment to community service. The Adams have given a separate $1 million gift toward student scholarships in support of the program.

The Ray Charles Tour Bus

When: Friday, February 16, 2006
11:30 a.m.

Where: Welbourn Avenue
(Located behind the Leadership Center facility)

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 17, 2006 07:15 PM

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