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Morehouse Students Stage the Renaissance Processional on Equality

Students Recreate the Funeral Procession of Martin Luther King Jr.

ATLANTA- April 8, 2008 – Forty years after thousands of people locked arms and marched from Auburn Avenue to the century campus at Morehouse College to mourn the death of Morehouse alumnus Martin Luther King Jr, class of 1948, dozens of students and activists will retrace those steps. On Wednesday, April 9 at 1p.m., the march will begin at Ebenezer Baptist Church and end on the campus green at Morehouse College.

The re-creation of King’s funeral procession is the brainchild of a Morehouse student group called F.O.C.U.S., which is an acronym for Fostering Our Conscious by Uniting Society. Students are calling the re-creation a “March to Morehouse, March on America, March for Social Justice.”

“We are honored to represent a new era of leaders, embarking on a journey of social consciousness. We hope our efforts will continue to affect the community as we strive to become global leaders,” said Jeremy Cormier, a Morehouse senior and one of the organizers of the event.

Martin Luther King III and Bernice King, two of King’s children, will join the students as well as Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort (D-39), members of the SCLC and the Concerned Black Clergy.

“As a citizen of the world we hold a civic and inherent responsibility to further progress by dreaming bigger, running faster, and reaching back to bring others forward,” said Reginald McKinley, a Morehouse senior and march organizer. “This notion is the foundation on which the ‘Renaissance Processional on Equality’ stands.”

Koree Hood said, “This is not only a march to celebrate the life of Dr. King, but also an announcement to all that change has arrived.” Hood is a junior at Morehouse College.

Students say the mission of the march is to illustrate to the community that a youth-led equality and civil rights movement continues to progress. Their goal is to embrace the ideals that led to the Poor People’s Campaign organized by King in 1968, decades before they were born.

March Route:
The march will proceed down Auburn Avenue, take a left on Courtland to MLK Drive, make a right on MLK Drive to Northside Drive, take a left onto Northside Drive to Fair Street, make a right on Fair Street to Ralph David Abernathy


Recognized as one of the top feeder schools to the 15 most prominent graduate and professional programs in the nation by The Wall Street Journal, called “One of the best Southeastern colleges” by The Princeton Review and ranked “America’s Hottest College for Men” by Kaplan-Newsweek, Morehouse College is the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for men. The College offers 26 majors in three academic divisions: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, and Business Administration 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, Andrew Young Center for International Affairs and the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. In 2007, Morehouse launched a new Journalism and Sports concentration, which will one day grow into a major course of study.

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Posted by at April 8, 2008 10:06 PM

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