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

Date Released: May 10, 2017

150th Torch Relay

By Add Seymour

Torch RelayMorehouse 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. 

The Torch, which holds the College’s sacred “Candle in the Dark,” will be lit during a ceremony at Springfield Baptist Church where the Rev. William Jefferson White founded Morehouse College in 1867. Following the ceremony, representatives of the church and Morehouse will begin a symbolic run with the Torch down Reynolds Street in Augusta. 

The Torch will then be handed off to Morehouse officials and taken to Atlanta.

“Morehouse College’s historic connection to Springfield Baptist Church and city of Augusta is perhaps our most treasured storyline,” said William J. Taggart, Interim President of Morehouse College. “We honor their crucial role in the founding of our College some 150 years later and hope to share these same sentiments in the centuries to come.”

On the morning of May 21, one runner, carrying the Torch through 7,000 beaming family and friends, will hold the flame that will signify Morehouse College’s role as a beacon of education, leadership and service for more than 150 years. The specially-made torches carried during the run will feature a GPS unit and camera. The torches were designed in an engineering collaboration between faculty and students at Morehouse College and Georgia Tech.

A ceremony will be held before graduation at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday to welcome the torch to Atlanta at the former site of Friendship Baptist Church, which is downtown Atlanta next to the new Mercedes Benz Stadium.

Members of the Morehouse College Track and Field/Cross Country team will run the Torch as a group through the streets of southwest Atlanta and into the gates of the Morehouse campus following the event. They will light the torch of the secret runner, who will then carry it into campus at the beginning of the 133rd Commencement ceremony.

Event proceeds will go towards the rehabilitation of the Edwin C. Moses Track at Morehouse College. Willie Hill, head coach of the Morehouse College Track, is a co-chair of the event.

 Visit the “Journey of the Sesquicentennial Torch of Excellence” Website»


Last Modified: June 8, 2017, 13:06 PM, by: Synera Shelton

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