Morehouse Accepts Students For Sesquicentennial Class of Rising Freshman

Ricky McKinney and Jaylen Lowe woke up recently with an important email from Morehouse College waiting in their inboxes.

It was good news. They got in.

New Offense and Attitude Has Morehouse Football Excited About 2017 Season

When the Morehouse football team hits the practice field Aug. 4 for the start of fall practice, things won’t look like they did at the end of the 2016 season. With a new assistant coach, a new offense and a different kind of spirit around the football program, the season is looking to be a promising one, despite the Maroon Tigers being picked to finish in fifth-place in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s East Division, said Morehouse’s head football coach Rich Freeman.

 

More Than 600 Attend Funeral Services to Honor Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook ’48

Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook ’48 was remembered Tuesday as an inspirational educator, a champion of connecting racial and ethnic communities, and a devoted friend and family man by hundreds who gathered for his funeral services at Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel.

Morehouse Honors Four Living Board Chairs, Naming Them Chairmen Emeriti

The four living chairmen emeriti of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees were recently honored for their leadership and dedication to the College.

Robert C. Davidson Jr. ’67, the Rev. Otis Moss Jr. ’56, Willie “Flash” Davis ’56, and James L. Hudson ’61 were recognized during the College’s historic 133rd Commencement in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel in May.

Memorial Service Held for Interim President William J. "Bill" Taggart

Just three weeks ago, on May 21, Morehouse College Board Chairman Willie Woods ’85 sat joyously onstage next to Interim President William J. “Bill” Taggart at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel during the College’s 133rd Commencement ceremony.   

But in that same hallowed space Friday, Chairman Woods somberly remembered his friend, as the Morehouse College President’s Chair sat empty with a black sash draped across it. Interim President Taggart passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at his Atlanta home. He was 55.   

“He was my colleague; he was my friend; he was my brother, and I will miss him dearly,” Woods said.  

Marcus Shaw Named Chief Executive of The Company Lab

Alumnus Marcus Shaw ’00 has been named as the new chief executive of The Company Lab, a nonprofit consulting firm in Tennessee that accelerates the growth of tech startups.Shaw was chosen for the position in a national search. CO.LAB officials said his success record in investment management, business consulting, and recruiting diversity in Fortune 500 companies made him a top contender for the chief executive role.

Dr. Artesius Miller, Executive Director of Utopian Academy, Lands National Fellowship 

Dr. Artesius Miller’ 11, founder and executive director of Utopian Academy for the Arts, was selected for a prestigious fellowship program that supports exceptional leaders who have the potential to shape the future of the national educational excellence and equity movement.

The program, the “NextGen Network,” is a year-long leadership development opportunity for diverse executives in the public education and nonprofit sector. Between 20 to 25 leaders enter the program’s training cohorts through a competitive nomination process twice a year. 

Newest Men of Morehouse Move In for Start of New Student Orientation Freshmen get ready for a ‘top-flight education.’

When Gabriel Harold was 3 months old, his father, Jeffrey, walked the young man around the Morehouse campus and told him, “Son, this is where we’d like for you to go.”

Now 18 years later, Gabriel has moved into a room at Graves Hall and is cherishing what he has always known—Morehouse College is the place for him.

Ron Thomas Wins "Legacy Award" For Contributions To Journalism

Ron Thomas, the director of the Morehouse College Journalism and Sports Program, hit a career grand slam this year. He was presented with a "Legacy Award" today at the National Association for Black Journalists Convention in New Orleans, La. for his work as teacher and mentor of budding journalists at Morehouse College and throughout the country.

 

Destin Tucker’s Hollywood Dream to Follow His Father Chris’ Footsteps Will Start at Morehouse College

Destin Tucker is planning a career in the family business, film and entertainment. He left his home in Southern California to begin freshman year at Morehouse College because it offers him the best of both worlds ­– a great education at a college steeped in history and a campus that is close to his dad.

Tucker, the 19-year-old son of comedian and actor Chris Tucker, was among the more than 600 new freshmen to move into dorms at Morehouse College this week. And Thursday during New Student Orientation, he bid his family farewell at the annual Parent’s Parting Ceremony, the time when families turn over the guidance of their sons to Morehouse College. The handoff officially launches the journey that students must take to become a Man of Morehouse.

Hakim J. Lucas ’99 Is Named President of Virginia Union University

Alumnus Hakim J. Lucas ’99 has become the latest Morehouse Man to be appointed as a college or university president. He was recently named the 13th President of Virginia Union University (VUU).

Lucas, who had been the vice president for Institutional Advancement at Bethune-Cookman University, will begin working at VUU on Sept. 1.

NBA’s New York Knicks Names Harold Ellis ’92 Director of Player Personnel

Morehouse College’s biggest basketball star has joined the front office of one of the National Basketball Association’s most storied franchises. Harold Ellis ’92, Morehouse’s leading career scorer who went on to play in the NBA, has been named Director of Player Personnel for the New York Knicks, the team announced this month.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Lauds Morehouse Diplomats-In-Residence Program

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson singled out Morehouse College as one of the institutions doing outstanding work in helping boost the lagging number of African Americans in the nation’s diplomatic corps.

Juan Thomas ’92 Installed As President of National Bar Association 

Morehouse College alumnus Juan R. Thomas ’92 is leading the nation’s oldest and largest bar association of mostly African American lawyers and judges.

The Chicago attorney was recently installed as president of The National Bar Association (NBA) earlier this month during the organization’s 92nd convention in Toronto. Thomas succeeds Kevin Judd, a bankruptcy attorney from Washington, D.C.

The NBA was founded in 1925 and represents some 60,000 lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students worldwide.

Juan Thomas ’92 Installed As President of National Bar Association 

Morehouse College alumnus Juan R. Thomas ’92 is leading the nation’s oldest and largest bar association of mostly African American lawyers and judges.

The Chicago attorney was recently installed as president of The National Bar Association (NBA) earlier this month during the organization’s 92nd convention in Toronto. Thomas succeeds Kevin Judd, a bankruptcy attorney from Washington, D.C.

The NBA was founded in 1925 and represents some 60,000 lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students worldwide.

Morehouse Screening of ‘Crown Heights’ Brings Awareness to National Problem Unequal justice for poor and minority defendants emphasized in new film

Colin Warner spent 21 years in prison for a murder that he didn’t commit. And he came to Morehouse College recently for a film debut that warned Atlanta University Center students that his story could easily be theirs.

Warner’s heartbreaking journey to freedom was depicted in the new film “Crown Heights,” which is being shown in select movie theaters across the country. More than 600 people gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel to see the flick in a special screening of the movie.

Statue of Martin Luther King Jr. ’48 Graces the Grounds of the State Capitol

A King now majestically stands on the Georgia State Capitol grounds, where Confederate monuments are plentiful.

About a mile from where he attended Morehouse College, the late Martin Luther King Jr. ’48 has now gone where no other African American has: honored as a statue on the Capitol grounds, overlooking a street named after him and across the street from, appropriately, Liberty Plaza.

Morehouse Students Show HBCU Hospitality to Texas Southern Students and Staff Stuck in Atlanta

Morehouse College has opened its cafeteria and computer lab to students of Texas Southern University who were stranded in Atlanta after their flight home was canceled due to the high winds and rain of Hurricane Harvey. 

The 17 students and three administrators had a layover at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport that soon became an extended stay after the hurricane hit. 

Morehouse College Mourns the Loss of Dr. Alton Hornsby Jr. '61

After having spent more than forty years at Morehouse, Dr. Hornsby retired in December of 2010, leaving behind a brilliant record of scholarship and having led a history department that produced a whole new generation of African American historians, lawyers, public school educators and a host of other notable professionals. We honor him for his many years of dedication to the College and will continue to keep his family and colleagues in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Maroon Tigers Host Lane Saturday in First Home Football Game of 2017 Season

The Morehouse Maroon Tigers open the home portion of their football season Saturday at 6 p.m. in B.T. Harvey Stadium when they host Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Lane College. Head Coach Rich Freeman said that he is looking forward to seeing his talented team show what they can do and eliminate the mistakes that plagued them in their 23-10 loss against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. UAPB is a school that plays on the Division I-FCS level that the Maroon Tigers dominated in leading 10-0 heading into halftime last week.

Morehouse Scholars Challenged To Be Tech Leaders In “Brave New World”

When cars aren’t driven by people and instead drive people around, when IBM Watson gives more legal or medical advice than humans, and when apps use facial recognition to tell when someone is lying, Morehouse Men must be there to decipher this “brave new world,” said Robert M. Franklin Jr. ’75, Morehouse College’s 10th president. “Our challenge, Morehouse, is to live amidst that change and volatility and help guide it to human betterment,” Franklin said during the College’s Opening Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 14.  “This is the simple art of living together, of building community and treating every person with dignity and respect.”

After Defeating Lane Saturday, Morehouse Football Now Goes to Central State

After a record-breaking defensive effort in their win over Lane last Saturday, the Morehouse Maroon Tigers football team now heads to Ohio to take on Central State on Sept. 16.

Morehouse Junior Jeffrey Butler Gains On-The-Job Experience

For Jeffrey Butler, the decision to come to Morehouse College had more to do with obtaining a top-tier education. “Education is universal no matter where you go,” said Butler, 20. “As an African-American man, I needed a safe haven where I can learn about my true self.” A native of Fort Washington, Md., Butler is a junior seeking a dual degree — in applied physics at Morehouse and mechanical engineering at another institution.

Maroon Tigers Host Kentucky State Saturday

The Morehouse Maroon Tigers will look to get back onto the winning side Saturday when they host Kentucky State at B.T. Harvey Stadium at 4 p.m. Morehouse, 2-2 so far this season, is coming off a tough 27-24 loss to Miles last Saturday that left a bad taste in the Maroon Tigers’ mouths. “We feel like we’d like to have that game back,” said head coach Rich Freeman.  “We gave them one or two first downs that they shouldn’t have gotten, and at the wrong time. We played really good when our backs were against the wall.

The King Collection Gives Grady High Students Insight On Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Students from Morehouse College and Atlanta’s Grady High School recently spent class time together immersed in the works of the College’s most famous alum. The Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 meeting at Morehouse was part of the the program known as “The Civic Engagement Project.” The outreach gives students an opportunity to explore the legacy and writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’48 and discuss how his message applies to America’s volatile political and social climate today.

 

Younger Alums Spotlighted on WeAreMorehouse.com

Most people know that civil rights legend Martin Luther King Jr. ’48 is a Morehouse Man, as are theologian Howard Thurman ’23 or filmmaker Shelton “Spike” Lee ’79. But many don’t know that the guy giving men around the world style advice is a Morehouse Man, as is Bruno Mars’ trumpeter, the head of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus, and even Fonzworth Bentley. The new web site WeAreMorehouse.com has their stories and hundreds of others. Featuring engaging portrait photography, the site gives a quick glimpse of Morehouse graduates and their accomplishments in a variety of fields.

The Morehouse College Community is mourning the loss of scholar, musician, and artist Kavi Sridhar Scott Pudu’18

The Morehouse College Community is mourning the loss of scholar, musician, and artist Kavi Sridhar Scott Pudu’18 who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident that occurred Sunday on I-20 at the Evans Mill Road exit ramp, on the east side of Atlanta.

Randall Woodfin ’03 Elected Mayor of Birmingham, Ala.

A Morehouse Man has become mayor of Alabama’s largest city. Randall Woodfin ’03 beat out seven-year incumbent William Bell to become the youngest mayor of Birmingham, Ala since 1893.

Maroon Tigers Ready For Saturday’s 82nd Annual Morehouse-Tuskegee Classic

The oldest football classic among historically black colleges and universities this year will be one of the most interesting. Morehouse (3-2, 1-0) heads to Columbus, Ga., for the 82nd Annual Morehouse-Tuskegee Classic Saturday, even though the two teams have actually played 112 times. Tuskegee has won 20 of the last 24 meetings between the schools, with Morehouse last winning in 2011, a year in which the Maroon Tigers made the Division II national playoffs for the first time.

Young Alumnus Gives Back To Morehouse For The Success It Gave Him

Isom B. Lowman ’98 left Columbia, S.C. to chart a course for a successful future at Morehouse College in Atlanta. By junior year, he switched his major from biology to business and was investing in the stock market. He took $10,000 that was left over from his scholarship fund and that he saved working part time, and turned it into $50,000 by purchasing tech stocks.

 

MOREHOUSE CELEBRATES 2017 HOMECOMING WEEK

The 2017 Morehouse College Homecoming week, always seen as one of the biggest and best among historically black colleges and universities each year, has started as a week of events, personalities, music, sports and spirit take over the campus.

Thousands of alumni, students and supporters will descend upon the campus all week for activities that are mostly free and open to the public.

College Walkers Make Strides for Breast Cancer Awareness

More than 400 people participated in the 18th-annual Morehouse College Breast Cancer Awareness Walk recently to raise funds to support research and medical care for the disease. Walkers traveled nearly three miles around the Atlanta University Center in what organizers consider to be the College’s largest breast cancer awareness Walk since 2013, said Co-Chair Mary Peaks.

Ford “Lunch and Learn” Exposes Morehouse Students to Entertainment and Media Careers

Actor and television personality Terrance J told a group of Morehouse and Spelman students this week that he and others in the entertainment field go about their crafts like lions—constantly seeking opportunities and going after them.

Church Mutual Donates $250,000 To Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Restoration Project

The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Restoration Project has received a huge boost thanks to a $250,000 donation from Church Mutual Insurance Company.

Sesquicentennial Tree Planting Pays Homage to Morehouse and Eight Other HBCUs Founded in 1867

A Black Tupelo, or gum, tree will majestically grow on Morehouse College’s Century Campus as a symbol of strength and resiliency, as well as part of a 150-year legacy of excellence shared by nine other historically black colleges and universities.

The tree was planted Monday, Oct. 30 during Morehouse’s HBCU-9 Sesquicentennial Tree Planting Ceremony.  Placed next to Danforth Chapel, just across from the space where men of Morehouse become Morehouse Men each graduation day, the tree is the same type planted by the other institutions that were founded in 1867 – Alabama State University, Barber Scotia College, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Howard University, Morgan State University, St. Augustine’s University and Talladega College.

Student athlete Julien Turner makes a Biology music video that goes viral over night

Student Athlete, Julien Turner took extra credit to another level with his XY Cell Life music video. The Business major from Ohio went viral last night after sharing his extra credit assignment on twitter. 

Morehouse College Honors Program Hosts National Association of African American Honors Programs Conference

Founded at Morehouse College 26 years ago, the National Association of African American Honors Programs returns to Atlanta for their 26th annual NAAAHP Conference “Honors Mindset: Legacy of Social Justice,” starting Friday at Morehouse and the Hilton Atlanta.

Leonard Sledge ’94 Named As Executive Director Of Henry County Development Authority

Leonard Sledge ’94 has been named as the new executive director of the Henry County Development Authority. He was voted unanimously to the post on Nov. 2.

Phillip Brandon ’06: From Morehouse Glee Club To Solo Singing Career With ‘The Story Begins’

Phillip Brandon ’06 always liked music and the entertainment world. His mom, Brenda Davis, had been one of Ray Charles’ background singers, The Raelettes, and would tell him all about her experiences. But after touring as a member of the famed Morehouse College Glee Club, something came to him.