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Men of Morehouse Honor African American Soldiers and Connect with Belgium Youth During Nations Builders Trip

Eight men of Morehouse touring Belgium recently went on a pilgrimage to meet the descendants and honor the memories of the soldiers known as the “Wereth 11,” the only African American unit to receive a monument in Europe for their bravery in battle against the Nazis.

Journalism and Sports Program Director Hits Career Grand Slam With Two Awards In May

Ron Thomas, the director of the Morehouse College Journalism and Sports Program, hit a career grand slam in May. He won a national honor for his work as a veteran journalist and mentor of budding reporters, and a Morehouse honor for his prowess in the classroom.

Morehouse Professors Retire After Successful Careers That Span More Than 100 Years Combined

It’s not going to be easy for Tobe Johnson ’54, the longest-serving faculty member in Morehouse history, to leave the College after 59 years. Even after he retires this semester, he will still be a Morehouse professor. Johnson will teach one class next year.

CNN’s Van Jones Tells Newest Morehouse Men They Must Lead in This New Era

The newest group of Morehouse Men must lead the charge of a new, post-Obama era, CNN political analyst Van Jones told the Class of 2017 during Morehouse College’s 133rd Commencement ceremony Sunday.

Morehouse College Trustee Dan Cathy Named 2017 CEO of the Year By the Atlanta Business League

Chick-fil-A Chairman and CEO Dan T. Cathy, a member of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees, was named the Herman J. Russell CEO of the Year by the Atlanta Business League during their 39th Annual Chief Executive Officer Appreciation Luncheon Program on May 16.

Morehouse College To Honor Two Valedictorians At Commencement Sunday

Two valedictorians will be honored at graduation for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The scholars are: Michael C. Scott, of Rockville, Md., an economics major and Chinese studies minor, and Douglas Bowen, an economics major, from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

“Being named valedictorian is an honor that I share with everyone who has helped me to get this far,” Scott said. “Since elementary school, I have been giving valedictory speeches; however, giving such a speech to my community at Morehouse College is humbling.”

Morehouse College Celebrates 150th Anniversary with “Journey of the Sesquicentennial Torch of Excellence” From Augusta to Atlanta Next Week

Morehouse College will celebrate its 150th Anniversary with the stirring “Journey of the Sesquicentennial Torch of Excellence” starting in Augusta at 6 p.m. on May 18 and ending at 8 a.m. on May 21 in Atlanta to begin the 2017 Morehouse College Commencement ceremony.

Student Reporters From "The Maroon Tiger" Among Guests At White House Correspondents' Dinner

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was held Saturday at the Hilton International Ballroom in Washington, D.C., without the presence of a usual VIP guest – the current president of the United States.

President Donald Trump avoided the annual night celebrating the tireless work of the nation’s top Washington, D.C., government reporters. President Trump chose to spend his 100th day on the job at a Republican rally in Harrisburg, Pa., instead.

Three reporters from The Maroon Tiger attended the dinner. CNN, The Associated Press, Yahoo News and the Huffington Post also had

Morehouse Receives $400,000 JPMorgan Chase Grant To Help Atlanta Entrepreneurs

The Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center has received a $400,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase to help grow new minority-and-women-owned tech businesses and provide funds to existing firms that need the capital to expand.

The program, Ascend 2020 Atlanta, offers minority and female entrepreneurs a network of support from experts in the fields of business management, marketing, finance, and technology that will work to help them to succeed.

Morehouse College will partner with TechSquare Labs, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, and the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech in the effort. The group will host a program launch on Wednesday, April 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 859 Spring Street NW Atlanta to educate local businesses about the new resources that are available to them.

CNN SERIES HOST VAN JONES TO SPEAK AT MOREHOUSE COLLEGE GRADUATION

Van Jones, a CNN political correspondent and former White House policy adviser to President Barack Obama, will be guest speaker for Morehouse College’s 133rd Commencement Ceremony.

Jones is the host of The Messy Truth, a popular town hall political series on CNN. His work as green jobs adviser to President Obama in 2009 spurred the growth of a skilled workforce in the nation’s environmental and green energy sectors. Jones helped to lead the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy skills training and economic recovery spending.

Jones will deliver the keynote address at Morehouse College’s Commencement Exercises at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, at Century Campus, the esteemed campus green that lies in the shadow of the historic Graves Hall, Morehouse College’s oldest building. More than 300 members of the Class of 2017 will receive degrees on Graduation Day.

Morehouse Rugby Club Receives National Support In Effort To Expand Team

Interest in the Morehouse College Rugby Club is growing as athletes and national supporters rally to help the winning team become more competitive in the sport. The club recently received a donation of sports equipment from the National Small College Rugby Organization. 

Morehouse’s rugby club, which launched in 2012, has 50 members. It combines the talents of freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and alumni who continue to play with the group.

Senior Jeff Bonilla, a business and marketing major from upstate New York, said that he would like to see rugby become part of the regular athletic program at Morehouse College.

Two Morehouse College Scholars Receive Prestigious Journalism Fellowship

Morehouse College students Ayron Lewallen and Darrell Williams were recently chosen to win a journalism fellowship co-sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association and Chevrolet. The two Morehouse College students were among eight recipients of the “Discover the Unexpected” National Newspaper Publishers Association Fellowship. The opportunity was open to gifted writers from Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Howard University.

 

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE DEBATE TEAM WINS MAJOR INTERNATIONAL TITLE

The Morehouse College Debate Team has won an international first place title and a trip to Paris after defeating Vanderbilt University in the final round at the Lafayette Debates North American Championship in Washington D.C. The historic victory, which comes with a traveling trophy that dates back 235 years, is a first for Morehouse College. It solidifies Morehouse’s spot as the fifth most successful debate team in the nation.

 

“This is a very big deal,” said Ken Newby, debate coach for Morehouse College. “This was a difficult competition staged in two parts over two days. We had to battle our way through the quarterfinals and the semi-finals, which we won unanimously. And in the final round, we faced-off against Vanderbilt, and won 3-2.”

 

 

New Leadership at Morehouse College Focuses on Unity and Mission

The Morehouse College Board of Trustees wrapped up their April meeting Saturday with a united focus in charting a bright and robust future for the College.The election of five new Board officers, and the beginning of the effort to rewrite board bylaws providing greater inclusion to faculty and student voices in the governance process, are vital parts of forging a brighter future for Morehouse, said Board Chairman Willie Woods '85 and Interim President William Taggart.

Usher's 'League of Men' Encourage Morehouse Students to be Innovative, Not Fear Failure

“Look for opportunities to fail. Don’t be afraid to fail fast,” said James Andrews, CEO of Smashd Ventures.

 That’s not advice a college student would expect to hear from a panel of successful business leaders. But that sentiment is what Usher’s New Look Foundation’s League of Men told the crowd Tuesday morning at Morehouse College.

Morehouse Students Lead Movement To Help Homeless; 300 AUC Students To Sleep Out Overnight

More then 300 students from Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University will sleep outside on cardboard boxes together tonight to raise awareness about the plight of the homeless. 

The event, “A Night On Brown Street,” will begin at 8 p.m. with simulations that help students understand what it is like to live without shelter. The effort is being organized by the Atlanta University Center student group LYTEhouse, which supports social justice issues.

Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builder's Prize To Be Awarded March 30

Brother James Gaffney, President Emeritus of Lewis University, will be honored with the prestigious 2017 "Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builder’s Prize" at a special ceremony on Thursday, March 30, at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.

 

Morehouse Alum Named First African American Chancellor Of UMass Dartmouth

Morehouse College alumnus Dr. Robert E. Johnson ‘82 was recently named as the new chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He will be the first African American to head the campus of nearly 9,000 students. Dr. Johnson currently serves as president of Becker College in Worcester, Mass.

 

Morehouse Football Players Attend NFL Talent Search

Three Maroon Tigers’ football players were invited to show off their skills before an audience of 20 NFL scouts at Kennesaw State University’s “Pro-Timing Day” recently.

 

The scouting event gives small liberal arts colleges that don’t have the training facilities of larger schools such as Georgia Tech and University of Georgia a chance to showcase top athletes who want to be considered for the NFL draft.

Morehouse Alum Seith Mann '95 Breaks Down 'The Breaks'

Hollywood director Seith Mann ’95 returned to Morehouse College recently to premiere upcoming episodes of his new hit '90s hip-hop drama The Breaks, which follows the lives of young artists who dream of becoming rap superstars.

The VH1 series uses hip-hop history as a foundation for its storyline. Episodes reflect the music, fashion, culture, and news of the '90s when some critics dismissed rap music as a passing fad.

 

Morehouse College Ranked Near Top Third Of Private Institutions For Scholarship Dollars

Morehouse College was recently ranked near the top third of private colleges at which students earn the most scholarship study dollars, according to an analysis by Peterson’s Financial Aid Data for 2015. The list of 250 schools was developed by determining the average scholarship per undergraduate student and then ranking colleges based on that figure. 

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.

Business Students Visit BMW, Berlin Sites

Twelve business majors from Morehouse College continue their annual Spring Tour with stops at one of Germany’s most prominent companies and a historic landmark.

Morehouse Scholars On International Business Tour Visit U.S. Embassy

Morehouse College scholars on the annual “Spring Tour” of international business centers recently stopped at the U.S. Embassy in London to meet dignitaries and learn more about business operations in the financial capital.

 

Morehouse Business Students Embark on European Spring Tour

Twelve Men of Morehouse are touring some of Europe's leading financial districts over spring break.

The scholars were selected to study international business and finance in London and Berlin during an annual trip abroad with Morehouse's Division of Business Administration and Economics. The world business "Spring Tour" gives scholars an opportunity to network with leaders of major international corporations and meet Morehouse alumni working abroad.

MOREHOUSE SCHOLAR IS FINALIST FOR TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP

Morehouse College Junior Derrick Parker of Kansas City, Mo., was named as a finalist for the elite Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a national award that funds $30,000 of the graduate studies of outstanding students.

Parker is a political science major and the first in his family to attend college. He has a 4.0 grade point average and is a Gates Millennium Scholar. He hopes to attend Harvard Law School after he completes his senior year at Morehouse College.

Morehouse Debate Team Takes State Title Again, Ranked Third In Nation

Championship-winning debate coach Ken Newby recently delivered another first-place trophy to the Office of the Morehouse College president to share news of the team’s latest state victory.

Morehouse College’s debate team is one of the finest in the state. The scholars triumphed at the GPDA State Finals in mid-February after soundly defeating some of Georgia’s top debaters. Morehouse’s debaters have out-performed teams representing such colleges as Georgia Tech, Valdosta State, and the University of Georgia.

 

MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly Rock the 'House for Founder's Week

The Morehouse College Founder’s week activities provided much more this year than in past celebrations, as 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the College’s birth. For many of those alumni making the trek back to campus last Friday evening, it became a trip back to the future and for the younger alumni, a fortunate moment to experience some “Happy Feelings,” by witnessing one of the last concerts of the iconic group MAZE Featuring Frankie Beverly.

Morehouse Campus Named One of the 10 Most Beautiful in Georgia

Morehouse’s campus is full of knowledge, history and beauty.

LendEDU recently named the campus one of the 10 most beautiful in the state of Georgia. Morehouse ranked number 10 on their list of 30 schools.

Morehouse Campus Named One of the 10 Most Beautiful in Georgia

Morehouse’s campus is full of knowledge, history and beauty.

 LendEDU recently named the campus one of the 10 most beautiful in the state of Georgia. Morehouse ranked number 10 on their list of 30 schools.

Usher and Other Bennie and Candle Honorees Give Advice to Morehouse Students

In order to grow as an artist, or an individual in any field, a person must seek information, said R&B star Usher Raymond during Saturday’s Reflections of Excellence discussion at Morehouse College.

“Ask questions,” he said. “The reality is if you don’t ask the question, you’ll never get to the solution or the answer.  Give yourself the opportunity to have the information.  Ask the question.”

Morehouse’s 150-Year Legacy and Men Who Embody It Celebrated at “A Candle in the Dark” Gala

Morehouse College was on its formal display Saturday evening for the 29th Annual “A Candle in the Dark” Gala, honoring some of the nation’s top businessmen and entertainers, but most importantly, raising more than $1 million for students scholarships at the College.

God’s Purpose for Morehouse and the World Was Predestined said Lea During Founders Worship Service

God created everyone and everything with prenatal purpose, said the Rev. Claybon Lea Jr. ’89 during Morehouse College’s Founders Day Worship Service Sunday.  It is up to us to commit to that purpose and to die having fulfilled it, he said

Hidden Figure Behind Oscar-Nominated Film ‘Hidden Figures’ is a Morehouse Professor

Mathematic formulas played almost as big a role in the Academy Award nominated movie Hidden Figures. Someone had to make sure all of those numbers added up.

That someone was Morehouse Mathematics professor, Dr. Rudy Horne.

Morehouse Makes Historic Pilgrimage to Augusta

Every five years in February, members from the Morehouse College community make the pilgrimage to Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta. It was in this church’s basement where William Jefferson White founded the college on Feb. 14, 1867 with the vision to educate and empower young African-American men. Just years after the Civil War and slavery ended.

Atlanta Hawks Recognize Pioneering Maroon Tigers Basketball Team

The Atlanta Hawks take a look back at the history of Morehouse College’s basketball team and the influence they and other HBCUs had on the game today.

U.S. Congress Recognizes Morehouse’s Sesquicentennial

Praise for Morehouse College reached all the way to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Feb. 14, the college’s 150th Founder’s Day.

Morehouse College On A Roll: Screens Feature Films and Documentaries Later Named As Oscar Contenders

Morehouse College’s Department of Cinema, Television & Emerging Media Studies recently hosted a special screening of the documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” in an evening that included a special appearance by actress and singer, Janelle Monáe.

City of Atlanta Honors Morehouse College for 150th Year

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.

Morehouse College Panel Says Trump's Presidency Will Increase Community Activism

Fallout over the election of President Donald Trump and his controversial views on immigration and health care is creating a new sense of activism that could unite people of color and diverse religious backgrounds in the fight against social injustice, some of the country’s leading civil rights leaders said recently at Morehouse College.

MOREHOUSE PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR WRITES OPINION FOR WEBSITE BLOG

Dr. Nathan Nobis, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morehouse College, was recently featured on the website wallethub.com in a blog that features national experts debating the pros and cons of animal testing.

Dr. Nobis is an expert in ethics and philosophy. He is the author of the 2016 Open Philosophy Press book “Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights,” and has taught courses, given lectures, and published articles and chapters in books on a wide variety of topics concerning ethics and animals, bioethics, ethical theory, and related topics.

Asante Challenges Students to Look Through a Different Lens

In the fourth Crown Forum of the spring semester, Dr. Molefi Kete Asante issued a challenge to the Men of Morehouse. Asante, professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Temple University, encouraged students to look at academics through an Afrocentric lens.

35 new security cameras now in place across Morehouse, AUC campuses

Morehouse College, the Atlanta University Center Consortium and the City of Atlanta are teaming up to crack down on crime. On Tuesday, they announced 35 new security cameras and five license plate readers have been placed across the campuses of Morehouse, Spelman, Clark Atlanta and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Students Dive Deeper During J-Mester Session

A dozen or so Men of Morehouse participate in an activity during a class led by Dr. Adria Welcher, assistant professor of sociology. It is the first time no hands are up and no one is asking questions, because they are in disbelief in the discrepancies between the Black and white middle classes.