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Morehouse Celebrates 140 Years of Excellence

Academy Award-winner Sidney Poitier, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor and Poet Roscoe Lee Brown and Civil Rights Icon Reverend Joseph Lowery Among Those Honored as Morehouse Celebrates its 140th Founder’s Week Activities

ATLANTA--February 9, 2007-- Morehouse College celebrates its 140th anniversary during Founder’s Week, February 11-18. 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 17. This year, Morehouse will present Candle Awards for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Entertainment to actors Sidney Poitier and Roscoe Lee Browne. The Reverend Joseph E. Lowery will receive the Candle Award for Lifetime Achievement in Human and Civil Rights.

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.

Other Candle award recipients in addition to Poitier, Browne and Lowery include Alden McDonald, president and CEO, Liberty Bank & Trust, who will receive the Candle in Business and Amos C. Brown ’64, senior pastor, Third Baptist Church, San Francisco, who will receive the Candle in Religion.

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

The 2007 Bennie recipients are: Bennie Service recipient Dr. Melvin Smith ’61, world-renowned Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon; Bennie Leadership recipient Robert C. Davidson ’67, president and CEO Surface Protection Industries; and Bennie Trailblazer recipient Leroy Johnson ’49, who was the first black Georgia Senator elected since reconstruction.

Honorary co-chairs for the event are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lewis, president, chairman and CEO, Bank of America Corporation. LaChanze Fordjour, who wowed Broadway audiences in her role as Celie in The Color Purple, and was honored with a Tony award, will be the Mistress of Ceremonies.

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 18. Please see below for the full schedule of events.


Thursday, February 15
Founder’s Day Convocation
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
10:45 a.m.
Speaker: Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., ‘89
Associate Professor, Department of Religion
Princeton University

Presidential Citation Recipient:
Dr. Clinton E. Warner Jr., ‘44
Retired Surgeon
Morehouse College Board of Trustees

Friday, February 16
“An Evening of Romance” featuring:
Gerald Albright, Regina Belle and Ken Ford
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
9 p.m. (tickets available through Ticketmaster)
Doors open at 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 17
Reflections of Excellence
Featuring the 2007 Bennie and Candle Award Recipients
(Honorees address the campus community in a panel discussion on their goals and accomplishments)
Moderator: Monica Pearson, WSB-TV
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
11 a.m.

19th Annual “A Candle in the Dark” Gala
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Centennial Ballroom
Mistress of Ceremony: LaChanze Fordjour, Tony Award-winning actress
The Color Purple
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 18
The Annual Glee Club Spring Concert
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
4 p.m.

Posted by at February 9, 2007 08:49 PM

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