City of Atlanta Honors Morehouse College for 150th Year

Date Released: February 7, 2017

The City of Atlanta recognized Morehouse College and its sesquicentennial Monday, February 6 at City Hall.

Morehouse alum and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell ’91 and Michael Julian Bond presented Dr. John S. Wilson ’79 with a proclamation from the city. Dozens of representatives from the college were in attendance and stood behind Wilson as he accepted the honor. Rev. Raphael Warnock ’91 opened the city council meeting and the Morehouse Glee Club closed out the event.

“It is a thing of beauty, but also a thing of responsibility to have an organization, an institution, a school lasting 150 years,” said Mitchell. “One hundred fifty years of making a difference. One hundred fifty years of having commitment. One hundred fifty years of understanding the responsibility to go another 150 years making a difference and doing the right thing. Educating men and preparing them to make a difference in the world.”

“This is a great moment for Morehouse, and it is a great moment for Atlanta,” Wilson said.

Wilson then reminded the council and the audience about the prodigious connection between the City of Atlanta and Morehouse.

“Where would Atlanta be without a Morehouse Man named Maynard Jackson? Where would Atlanta be without a Morehouse Man named Julian Bond? Where would Atlanta be without a Morehouse Man named Raphael Warnock? Where would Atlanta be without trustee Andrew Young? And of course, where would Atlanta be, and where would Georgia be, and where would America be, and where would the world be without a Morehouse Man named Martin Luther King Jr.?”

Wilson encouraged the community to come together and support Morehouse so the college may continue its mission to produce great men and future leaders.

“It was very clear in 1867 that the world needed Morehouse,” Wilson said. “And it was clear in 1967, and it’s clear in 2017 that the world needs Morehouse College.”

Atlanta City Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms echoed the community’s needs for an institution like Morehouse.

“It’s important that our children know how important Morehouse, and so many of our HBCUs are,” Bottoms said. “Morehouse and all of our HBCUs are just as relevant today as they were 150 years ago.”

“There may come a time when Atlanta and America no longer needs a school dedicated to educating young African-American men. For service and for social justice,” said former Morehouse President Robert M. Franklin at the event. “But that time is not now.”

You may watch the presentation of the proclamation and read the official proclamation on the City of Atlanta’s website.


Last Modified: June 8, 2017, 14:06 PM, by: Synera Shelton

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