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Morehouse College's Founder's Day Convocation

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Morehouse Celebrates 143 Years of Leadership and Excellence
“Producing Renaissance Men with a Social Conscience and global Perspective”

ATLANTA, February 11, 2010-- On Thursday, February 11, 2010, Morehouse College will celebrate the 143rd anniversary of the institution’s founding during a special Founder’s Day Convocation at 10:45 a.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.

The speaker for Founder’s Day Convocation is no stranger to Atlanta. Dr. Michael Lomax is a 1968 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse and longtime former resident of Atlanta. Currently, he is the president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

At UNCF Lomax heads the nation's largest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization. Through its headquarters and 24 field offices across the country, UNCF annually provides operating and program funds to its 39 member private historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and their 60,000 students. In addition, it manages more than 400 scholarship programs that support nearly 10,000 students at over 900 of the nation's colleges and universities.

What: 143rd Founder’s Day Convocation
When: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 10:45 a.m.
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel (on the campus of Morehouse College)

In the course of its 62-year history, UNCF has raised and distributed over $2.5 billion and has assisted over 300,000 students in earning undergraduate degrees. In 1999, UNCF received over $1 billion, the largest private gift to American higher education, from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to administer the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, which provides outstanding minority students with an opportunity to complete their undergraduate and graduate college educations.

Lomax, who is the former president of Dillard University in New Orleans, spent 30 years in Atlanta as an educator and public servant. He was an assistant to Maynard Jackson ‘56, Atlanta's first African American mayor, and went on to serve as the first head of Atlanta's Bureau of Cultural Affairs. In 1978, he was elected to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Two years later, he became the Board's chairman, the first African American ever to hold that position and served in that position for twelve years.

During the convocation, Morehouse will award the Presidential Citation to August O. Curley ’50. Curley is world-renowned chemist and toxicologist, researching and studying the health implications of exposure to a variety of environmental toxins. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Society of Toxicology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During his career, he has published more than 30 research papers and contributed chapters to three books.

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Posted by edurham at February 11, 2010 05:13 PM

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