2017 Founder's Weekend Activities

Gala Tickets


The Morehouse College Board of Trustees, along with President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79 and Dr. Carol Espy-Wilson cordially, invite you to the 29th annual “A Candle in the Dark ”Gala held on Saturday, February 18. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the College and recognize the 2017 Bennie and Candle Award Honorees, guests will experience a luxurious seated dinner during a special evening filled with music, dancing, and tradition. Proceeds from the gala benefit the Morehouse College General Scholarship Fund. 


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About The Annual “A Candle in the Dark ” Gala 

The "A Candle in the Dark" Gala was named after the title of the College's official history book written by Edward A. Jones '26. The Gala has become one of the nation's premier events that celebrates African American achievements. The event has honored more than 130 individuals over the past 29 years.

Past Honorees include Dr. Peter Chatard Jr. '56; actors Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson '72 and Danny Glover; renowned historian and educator John Hope Franklin; legendary sports figures Henry "Hank" Aron, Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe; retired New York Transit Authority worker Clarence "Kappa" Brown '40; civil rights leaders Andrew Young and H. Julian Bond '71; former Postal Rate Commission Chairman George Haley '49; former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher '63; noted scholar and professor Cornel West and philanthropist and entertainer Oprah Winfrey.