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Morehouse College Celebrates the 110th Anniversary of Howard Thurman’s Life and Legacy

ATLANTA- November 11, 2009- Morehouse College welcomes back alumnus Julian Bond ′71 for the Howard Thurman Crown Forum on Thursday, November 12, at 11 a.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. The celebration will culminate with a public conversation on Thursday at 6 p.m. on the intellectual and spiritual legacy of Howard Washington Thurman featuring The Honorable Andrew Young, former UN Ambassador; The Reverend Otis Moss Jr., retired pastor Olivet Institutional Baptist Church; and Dr. Barbara Holmes, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the Memphis Theological Seminary.

Julian Bond has been an active participant n the movements for civil rights and economic justice since his days at Morehouse as communications director for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), to his current chairmanship of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
As an activist who has faced jail for his convictions, a 20-year veteran in the Georgia General Assembly and a university professor and writer, he has been on the cutting edge of social change since 1960.

The Howard Thurman Crown Forum will kick off a three-day celebration of the life and legacy of another famous alumnus. During the celebration, the first of four volumes of Thurman’s papers will be presented. The Howard Thurman Papers Project, which is a research project of The Leadership Center at Morehouse College, was founded in 1992 with a mission of preserving and promoting the work of Howard Thurman. The documents span 63 years and consist of more than 58,000 items, including correspondence, sermons and unpublished writings and speeches.

Howard Thurman, a 1923 graduate of Morehouse College, was one of the 20th Century’s most prominent American religious leaders and theologians. In 1953, he was named by LIFE magazine as one of the 12 greatest preachers of the century. As the first to lead a delegation of African Americans to meet personally with Mahatma Gandhi in 1936, Thurman would become one of the principal architects of the non-violent civil rights movement and a key mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., who graduated from Morehouse in 1948.

ANNIVERSARY EVENT SCHEDULE (all events will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2009)
Howard Thurman Crown Forum
Julian Bond, Speaker
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
11:00 am - Noon

Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Noon - 12:30 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Howard Thurman Obelisk

Revisiting A Life: Editors Reflect on the Work of the Howard Thurman Papers Project, 1992-2009
2 - 3:30 pm
Executive Conference Center

Book Signing and Meet the Editors
Volume 1, The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman
3:30 - 4:00 pm
Executive Conference, Center Concourse

Howard Thurman: The Living Legacy, A Public Conversation
A public conversation on the intellectual and spiritual legacy of Howard Washington Thurman
Featuring: The Honorable Andrew Young, The Rev. Otis Moss Jr. and Dr. Barbara Holmes
6 - 7:30 pm
Executive Conference, Bank of America Auditorium
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Upon his return to Morehouse, President Dr. Robert M. Franklin Jr. vowed to start a Renaissance at his alma matter. His vision is to produce “Renaissance Men with a social conscience and global perspective.” Morehouse is known for producing great leaders. It was recently 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.

As 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.

Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil and human rights non-violent leader; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and director of the National Center for Primary Care of 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 an HBCU.

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Posted by edurham at November 11, 2009 07:24 PM

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