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Morehouse Celebrates 143 Years

Chairman and CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Educator Freeman Hrabowski III, UNCF President & CEO Michael Lomax, Grey’s Anatomy’s James Pickens Jr. and Grammy nominated Recording Artist Lalah Hathaway join the celebration

ATLANTA--February 8, 2010—The legacy of Morehouse College continues this week as the college hosts a series of activities to celebrate another birthday.

This year, Morehouse will present two forums that represent President Robert M. Franklin’s vision of producing “Renaissance Men with a social conscience and global perspective.” The first will be a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 9 a.m. in the Bank of America Auditorium on the Morehouse Campus. The focus of the discussion will be fatherhood and healthy families. This event is one of several Congressional Black Caucus forums taking place across the country in connection with the “Pathways Out of Poverty to Opportunities” series.

On Wednesday, February 10, 2010, Morehouse will host a live webcast of its second annual Founder’s Day Symposium, titled Black Men in the 21st Century: Myths, Data and Reality. The forum will take place from
1-5 p.m. in the Bank of American Auditorium and will include a live chat. You may participate by following Morehouse on Twitter @MorehouseNews and log onto to view the webcast.

Then on Thursday, February 11, 2010, at 10:45 a.m., the institution will officially mark it’s founding. The speaker for the annual Founder’s Day Convocation will be Morehouse alumnus and president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Dr. Michael Lomax ’68. Renowned scientist and toxicologist August O. Curley, Morehouse class of 1950, will receive a Presidential Citation during the convocation.

The celebration turns soulful and sultry with a Romantic Evening of Music on Friday, February 12, 2010, featuring Grammy-nominated recording artist Lalah Hathaway. Atlanta’s own spoken word artist and poet Hank Stewart and Jazz saxophonist Antonio Allen will open the pre-Valentine’s Day show, which begins at 8 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. Tickets are available through

In the continuing spirit of President Franklin’s vision, the College will celebrate a group of men who, in their own right, have exemplified the ideals of a Renaissance man. They will be honored during the 22nd annual “A Candle in the Dark” Gala on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Honorees 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 noted educator Benjamin E. Mays, who served as president of Morehouse from 1940 to 1967. A full list of the honorees is below.

Honorary co-chairs for the event are Richard H. Anderson, CEO, Delta Airlines and Morehouse alumnus and critically acclaimed actor Bill Nunn ’76. The Mistress of Ceremony for the black-tie affair is actress Vanessa Bell Calloway and the Master of Ceremonies is actor James Pickens Jr. from ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

The week concludes with the annual Morehouse College Glee Club Spring Concert, celebrating the 99th anniversary of world-renowned Glee Club on Sunday, February 14, 2010.

2010 A Candle in the Dark Honorees:
Bennie Awards
Leadership: Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr. ’89, Director, Harvard Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School.
Service: Perry A. Henderson Jr. ’54, Retired physician and professor of OB/GYN, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School
Achievement: Julius E. Coles ’63, Immediate Past President Africare
Trailblazer: Lonnie C. King ’69, Civil Rights Activist

Candle Awards
Healthcare Management: Lloyd Dean, Pres. & CEO, Catholic Healthcare West
Education: Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, Pres., University of Maryland Baltimore County
Arts & Entertainment: Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Chairman & CEO, Island Def Jam Music Group


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. 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.

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.

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.

Posted by edurham at February 9, 2010 03:41 PM

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