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The Dawn of a New Era: Morehouse College Inaugurates Dr. Robert M. Franklin Jr. ’75


The Dawn of a New Era: Morehouse College Inaugurates Dr. Robert M. Franklin Jr. ’75
as 10th President of Morehouse College

ATLANTA--February 14, 2008—As Morehouse celebrates its 141st anniversary during Founder’s Week, February 10-17, the school is also embracing the birth of a new renaissance as Dr. Robert Michael Franklin Jr. is formally installed as the 10th president of the college. Franklin is a 1975 graduate of the institution.

Founder’s Week is always a time of pomp and circumstance, reflections and rejoicing at Morehouse, but this year is extra special. Delegates and representatives from across the country will join the Morehouse community during Franklin’s inauguration, which will take place on Friday, February 15, at 10 a.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, on the campus of Morehouse College.

Franklin’s vision for Morehouse is that: “Morehouse College will develop Renaissance men—leaders with a social conscience—who will champion the causes of equality, justice and peace in their communities and around the globe.” In short, the Morehouse Renaissance will involve a cultural shift. It will call for a higher standard of leadership, explore new thinking, develop interdisciplinary collaborations and embrace myriad perspectives to specifically address the crisis in the African American community, as well as the issues of our global community.

About Robert M. Franklin Jr.:
Franklin previously served as the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and president of the Interdenominational Theological Center, both in Atlanta. He also served as a program officer in the Human Rights and Social Justice Program at the Ford Foundation (NY).

A native of Chicago, Franklin was educated at Morgan Park High School, Morehouse College (BA, 1975), Harvard Divinity School (M.Div. 1978) and the University of Chicago Divinity School (Ph.D., 1985). In 1973, he received an English Speaking Union scholarship to attend the University of Durham in England. Franklin is the author of three books: Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities (2007); Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis (1997); and Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African American Thought (1989). Franklin is currently co-editing with Timothy Jackson the Cambridge Companion on Martin Luther King Jr.

In 2005, he served as Theologian in Residence for The Chautauqua Institution (NY). He serves on numerous boards, including the Character Education Partnership (Washington, D.C.) and Public Broadcasting of Atlanta (WABE). He has provided commentaries for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and televised commentary for Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting. Franklin is married to Dr. Cheryl G. Franklin, a gynecologist, and is the proud father of three children.
Arrival: Media covering the inauguration should arrive early! The lines of procession will move at 9:30 a.m. sharp. You will need to be in position before the lines begin to move.

Parking: Media will be permitted to park on Lee Lane, across from the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.

Seating: King Chapel is expected to be at capacity. Unfortunately, there are no designated assigned seats for media.

Broadcast Media: Cameras may set up in the back of King Chapel on the left or right side of the auditorium, or in the wings, halfway down, on the left and right side of the auditorium in accordance with the fire code.

Posted by at February 14, 2008 07:38 PM

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