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MOREHOUSE COLLEGE MEMORIAL CONCERT TO KING AND TRIBUTE POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

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(AUG. 26, 2011)-WASHINGTON, D.C. - Morehouse College has postponed its Memorial Concert and Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. following President Obama's urging for those in the path of Hurricane Irene to take heed. The governors of Maryland and Virginia have issued a state of emergency in anticipation of the storm. The Concert was scheduled for Sunday, August 28 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The College has been closely monitoring the forecast and actions taken by FEMA and other emergency management groups and determined that postponing Sunday's concert is in the best interest of safety for everyone involved.

"The safety of our patrons and all parties involved in this worthwhile effort has always been most important to me and the Morehouse College Board of Trustees," said Robert M. Franklin, president of Morehouse College. "With the postponement of the King Memorial unveiling, and our connection to it, we determined that moving the date of our concert is the best decision."

The Memorial Concert and Tribute, which will honor Stevie Wonder and Congressman John Conyers for their roles in leading the charge to make King's birthday a national holiday, still will take place at The Kennedy Center. The new date for the Concert will be announced once it has been determined.

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As the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for men, Morehouse College was recently recognized as the number one liberal arts college in the nation by Washington Monthly; one of 45 “Best Buy” schools for 2011 by the Fiske Guide to Colleges; one of the nation’s Most Grueling Colleges in 2010 by The Huffington Post; the number three HBCU in the nation for 2011 by U.S. News and World Report; and as one of American’s Best Colleges for three consecutive years by Forbes magazine.

Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Shelton “Spike” Lee, filmmaker and president of 40 Acres & A Mule Productions; Samuel L. Jackson, Academy Award-nominated actor; and Nima A. Warfield, the first African American Rhodes Scholar from a Historically Black College.

In 2006, Morehouse acquired what is now the 13, 000 piece Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, that includes King’s speeches, sermons, books, photos and personal writings.

Posted by Hana at August 26, 2011 07:56 PM

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