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Morehouse Celebrates 142nd Founder's Day

Congressman Charles Rangel, Olympic Gold Medalist Tommie Smith and
Grammy-nominated Recording Artist FANTASIA highlight
Morehouse College’s Founder’s Week Celebrations

ATLANTA--February 5, 2009—For the past 142 years, Morehouse College has been a difference maker by producing graduates who leave here and go on to make huge contributions in their communities and across the globe.

On Thursday of next week, February 12, the institution will celebrate another birthday during the annual Founder’s Day Convocation. The speaker will be The Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian, civil rights strategist and founder of The C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute. Vivian also will receive the honorary doctor of humane letters during the convocation.

Grammy-nominated recording artist FANTASIA and Atlanta’s own electric violinist Ken Ford kick off the weekend with a pre-Valentine’s Day performance on Friday, February 13, at 8 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, on the Morehouse Campus.

In the spirit of President Robert M. Franklin’s vision to produce “Renaissance men with a social conscience,” the College will pause to celebrate a group of men who, in their own right, have exemplified this ideal. They will be honored during the 21st annual “A Candle in the Dark” Gala on Saturday, February 14.

Among those to be honored are Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith, New York Congressman Charles Rangel and CEO of C.D. Moody Construction Company, Charles David Moody Jr.

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. 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.

Honorary co-chairs for the event are James M. Wells III, chairman, president and CEO of SunTrust Banks, Inc., and Morehouse alumnus and Olympic Gold Medalist Edwin Moses. The mistress of ceremonies for the event is television and film actress Lorraine Toussaint from NBC’s “Crossing Jordan” and Lifetime’s “Any Day Now.”

The week concludes with the annual Morehouse College Glee Club Founder’s Day Concert on Sunday, February 15. Please see below for the full schedule of events.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, February 12
Founder’s Day Convocation
Speaker: Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian
Founder, The C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
(Vivian will receive an honorary degree during this convocation)
10:45 a.m.

Friday, February 13
A Pre-Valentine’s Day Concert
Featuring: FANTASIA with special performance by Electric Violinist Ken Ford
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
(tickets available through Ticketmaster or the Morehouse College Bookstore)
8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, February 14
Reflections of Excellence
Moderator: Fred Blankenship, WSB-TV
Featuring the 2009 Bennie and Candle Award Recipients
(Honorees address the campus community in a panel discussion on their goals and accomplishments)
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
11 a.m.

21st Annual “A Candle in the Dark” Gala
Mistress of Ceremony: Lorraine Toussaint, television and film actress
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Centennial Ballroom
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 15
The Annual Glee Club Founder’s Day Concert
Featuring the Morehouse College Glee Club
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
4 p.m. (free and open to the public)

Posted by edurham at February 5, 2009 07:38 PM

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