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ATLANTA – June 26, 2017 – The Morehouse College Board of Trustees unanimously voted today to appoint Mr. Harold Martin Jr. as Interim President of Morehouse College. His appointment follows the recent passing of former Interim President William J. “Bill” Taggart, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this month.
Interim President Martin Jr. will take on the day-to-day leadership responsibilities for the College until a new President is identified and hired.
ATLANTA – June 12, 2017 – Memorial services to honor the memory of Morehouse College Interim President William J. "Bill" Taggart will be held on Friday, June 16, at the College's Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.
The services will begin at 10 a.m. with a private Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity ritual. A public memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Following the funeral services, a repast will be held for family and friends.
ATLANTA – June 8, 2017 – The Morehouse College Board of Trustees is mourning the loss of Interim President William J. "Bill" Taggart. Interim President Taggart passed away unexpectedly Thursday at his home in Atlanta.
“We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Bill Taggart, a beloved colleague, father and friend whom I’ve known for many years,” said Willie Woods, '85, Chairman of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees. “For the past two years, Bill devoted himself wholeheartedly to Morehouse College and we were pleased when he assumed the role of Interim President. We are eternally grateful for his loyal support, counsel and the leadership he provided to students, faculty and alumni.”
ATLANTA (May 19, 2017) - In keeping with Morehouse College’s year-long theme of “A House United,” the Living Legends group has partnered with the Morehouse College Atlanta Alumni Association, the Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA), and the National Alumni Association’s “Rites of Passage” team on a fund-raising campaign to encourage Commencement and Reunion Weekend participants to donate to the College in its sesquicentennial year.
ATLANTA – April 7, 2017 – The Morehouse College Board of Trustees unanimously voted today to implement several leadership changes and reforms at the board and executive levels. The actions, which were taken based on recent feedback from the Morehouse community, will add a new structure to the Board that will help shape a brighter future for Morehouse College.
ATLANTA – March 8, 2017 – Morehouse junior C. Isaiah Smalls II was selected as part of ESPN’s The Undefeated inaugural class of Rhoden Fellows. The CTEMS major and journalism and sports minor is one of six aspiring young journalists chosen from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He will take part in a sports journalism internship program at ESPN.
February 14, 2017— U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), the new chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, will return to Morehouse College at 10:45 a.m. Thursday to serve as guest speaker of the 150th Anniversary Convocation service.
Morehouse College will receive a special proclamation from the City of Atlanta at noon today to honor the College’s 150th anniversary.
The recognition will launch a week of festivities that will include alumni events, a concert by MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly, and appearances by entertainment moguls, Tyler Perry and Usher Raymond, who are among this year’s scholarship gala honorees.
Morehouse College will mark its 150th anniversary with a week of festivities that will include alumni events, a concert by MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly, and appearances by entertainment moguls, Tyler Perry and Usher Raymond, who are among this year’s scholarship gala honorees.
Morehouse College To Receive $1.25 Million Grant To Support Career Readiness Initiatives For Students
ATLANTA– Morehouse College will receive a $1.25 million grant from UNCF (United Negro College Fund) to support an initiative that will provide students with the training, mentoring, and work experience necessary to make them highly competitive for jobs after graduation.
Morehouse was one of 24 colleges and universities to be named as grant recipients Monday by officials at UNCF. The five-year grants for the institutions represent a $35.3 million investment in students across the country through the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative (CPI), a transformative effort to design and implement programs to improve employment outcomes for graduates.
ATLANTA, August 17, 2016 – Morehouse College has received a boost in its efforts to diversify the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields as mathematician and hedge fund manager Jim Simons and his wife Marilyn pledged $2.5 million to the College. The gift will go towards educating math and science students at Morehouse.
“Marilyn and I deeply appreciate the unique role that Morehouse plays in our country,” said James Simons. “We are fortunate to be able to support Morehouse in its efforts to provide top-quality math and science education to a cohort of future leaders in the STEM fields. It is our hope that Morehouse graduates will serve as role models and help attract new and diverse talent to the STEM professions.”
ATLANTA (August 8, 2016) – Using archival photographs and documents along with compelling narratives, “Start Something: Activism and the Atlanta Student Movement” provides an in-depth look into student activism within the Atlanta University Center and across the city of Atlanta. In response to continued public interest, the AUC Woodruff Library has extended the exhibit through May 22, 2017.
Letter To Morehouse Students From President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79 About Tragedies In Falcon Heights, Baton Rouge And Dallas
To My Morehouse Sons:
The social climate across America is tragically disturbing. It is not hard for us to imagine that recent events have caused you to personally confront a set of raw emotional questions about where you fit and how you can survive the current state of our nation. As a Man of Morehouse, you have chosen to work hard and excel academically in order to have the life that is promised by America. But the pathway to success probably feels different now compared to last week, given the recent tragedies in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Falcon Heights, Minnesota and Dallas, Texas.
Mathematics Professor Ulrica Wilson Named Morehouse College’s 2016-2017 Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award Winner
Atlanta, GA (May 25, 2016) – Morehouse College mathematics professor Ulrica Wilson has been named the institution’s 2016-2017 Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award winner.
Established by the Vulcan Materials Company and co-sponsored by the Georgia Independent Colleges Association, the Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award goes to an outstanding professor who demonstrates strong academic skills in the classroom and provides leadership and support in other areas of campus life.
An assistant professor whose research interests are in non-commutative ring theory and combinational matrix theory, Wilson has been at Morehouse since 2007. She has received a number of awards, grants and fellowships during her teaching career, including fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Irvine Foundation. Wilson is also the associate director for Diversity and Outreach at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics at Brown University.
While Dr. Strive Masiyiwa continues to fund the education of thousands of African students, the 132ndMorehouse Commencement speaker told nearly 6,000 people gathered to watch the class of 2016 graduate Sunday that America must make the same investment in students.
“I’ve been really concerned that there are so many young Americans for whom the cost of a college education is prohibitive,” he said. “Surely this should not be so. This is America, my dear friends. I say this with all the humility and love of a friend – lets us fix this problem.”
Morehouse College Celebrates 132nd Commencement As The College Has Three Valedictorians For The First Time
ATLANTA (May 14, 2016) – Commencement exercises for Morehouse College are set for Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 8 a.m. with telecommunications pioneer Strive Masiyiwa to deliver the Commencement address. The ceremony will take place outdoors, rain or shine, on Morehouse’s Century Campus (the green in front of Graves Hall parallel to Fair Street).
Masiyiwa is one of Africa’s most influential businessmen and has been named one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by CNN Fortune Magazine and one of the “10 Most Powerful Men in Africa,” according to Forbes magazine. He and his wife, Tsitsi, founded the Higherlife Foundation which has helped support and educate more than 250,000 African orphans. They funded the Andrew Young International Scholars, with the inaugural class at Morehouse set to graduate Sunday. One of them is International Rhodes Scholar Prince Abudu.
ATLANTA, May 11, 2016 – Morehouse College’s 132nd Commencement exercises will be historic as the College recognizes three valedictorians for the first time during 132nd Commencement Exercises. Commencement is set for Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 8 a.m. at Century Campus.
The students each graduating with a 4.0 GPA and being recognized jointly as valedictorian for the Class of 2016 are Liam R. Davis, Ian Niemeyer and Willie J. Thompson. Salutatorian is Rami Blair.
ATLANTA, April 29, 2016 – The Morehouse College community joins other Georgians as we mourn the loss of legal, political and civil rights trailblazer, the Honorable Judge Horace T. Ward, a member of the class of 1949. He was 88.
Following Ward’s wishes, his funeral will be held at Morehouse College in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on Tuesday, May 3 at 11 a.m. The service is open to the public. A wake, which will also be open to the public, will be held Monday, May 2, 6 – 8 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.
ATLANTA, April 20, 2016 – Over recent weeks, Morehouse has been the site of a NASA building in 1960s Virginia and a fictional, contemporary public historically black university campus.
It is courtesy of Hollywood as Morehouse has become a popular locations site for the movie and television industry.
While Georgia’s boom in movie and television productions being shot in the state (third only to California and New York and has accounted for an economic impact of $6 billion), that activity is beginning to trickle down to Morehouse.
Statement From Morehouse College President John Silvanus Wilson About U.S. Universities Debate Championships Tournament Motion
To Whom It May Concern:
I write to strongly take issue with several reports that erroneously suggest that Morehouse College, through its faculty, administration, or employees, had any role in shaping the controversial debate motion that offends the values of Morehouse and many others.
Two years ago, Morehouse College launched a bid to host the U.S. Universities Debate Championships (“USUDC”). Consistent with best practice, the Morehouse bid included two prominent members of the debating community to serve as the tournament’s Chief Adjudicators (CAs) of an independent Adjudication Core — Sam Ward-Packard from Yale University, and Sharmila Paramanand from the Policy and Advocacy Director for Visayan Forum in the Phillipines. The U.S. Universities Debate Association (“USUDA”) voted to approve this team for this role.
ATLANTA, April 6, 2016 – This weekend, Morehouse College becomes the first historically black college/university to host the U.S. Universities Debating Championships.
Nearly 400 debaters representing more than 60 colleges and universities – such as Harvard, Stanford and Yale – across the nation will be on campus Saturday, April 9 through Monday, April 11 to compete for national championships in several divisions. The U.S. Universities Debating Championships has been held annually since 2005.
ATLANTA, April 1, 2016 – Race and politics in America will be the focus of a wide-ranging public conversation between Morehouse College professor and CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill and Georgetown University sociology professor, author and activist Michael Eric Dyson at Morehouse on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
The conversation is part of Morehouse’s Crown Forum After Dark series and will be held in the College’s Emma and Joe Adams Concert Hall in the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Strive Masiyiwa, One Of Africa’s Most Influential Businessmen, Named 2016 Commencement Speaker; The Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley To Give Baccalaureate Sermon
ATLANTA, March 24, 2016 – Strive Masiyiwa, one of Africa’s most influential businessmen and Zimbabwe’s first billionaire, will address the Morehouse College class of 2016 during the 132ndCommencement exercises on Sunday, May 15, at 8 a.m. on Morehouse’s historic Century Campus.
It will be an extra special day for Masiyiwa, the founder of the global telecommunications firm, Econet Wireless. The first nine Andrew Young International Scholars, all whom came from African orphanages and were sponsored by Masiyiwa’s Higher Life Foundation, will be among those receiving their degrees that day. One of them will be 2016 International Rhodes Scholar Prince Abudu from Zimbabwe.
ATLANTA, GA.—February 5, 2016 — A powerful speech from one of the nation’s rising political stars, the honoring of a legendary civil rights leader and an iconic actor, and the continuance of a 105-year Morehouse College Glee Club tradition highlights the 149th celebration of educating and developing leaders during the annual Morehouse College Founder’s Day Observance, February 11-14.
“This is a very special time for Morehouse College as we celebrate our illustrious past, but also to come together and continue our quest towards our future of preeminence,” said President John Silvanus Wilson Jr.
SBA Administrator Cassius Butts ’94 To Give U.S Small Business Administration “State Of The Region” Address At Morehouse
ATLANTA, GA — FEBRUARY 19, 2016 — Cassius Butts, the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, will release details of a record-breaking $5.5 billion in SBA-backed lending in the Southeast region over the past year, during the 2016 SBA State of the Region Address.
Butts will give the presentation at his alma mater, Morehouse College in the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center after an 8:15 a.m. press conference on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The address will be available via live web stream at http://www.morehouse.edu/events/2016sbastateoftheregion.html.
(January 14, 2016) Atlanta, Georgia – Starting this month, the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library will present three special programs to highlight the history and legacy of the Atlanta Student Movement of the 1960s. During the movement, students from Atlanta University, Clark College, (now Clark Atlanta University), the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College organized nonviolent protests to end legalized segregation practices in Atlanta, including lunch counter sit-ins, department store boycotts and legal challenges. Those actions resulted in several legal triumphs, including the desegregation of all hospitals in the south and higher-paying jobs for African Americans at some of the boycotted stores.
Noted Artist With Works Featured On Hit Tv Shows To Shed Light On Skill, Strategy With Morehouse College Community And Public
ATLANTA (January 12, 2016) — Television viewers of the hit shows “Empire” and “black-ish” have seen the works of Fahamu Pecou, while art lovers have discovered his talent on display at prestigious art museums and galleries nationwide. This month, the Morehouse community and the public will have a chance to see Pecou’s work and hear from the visual and performing artist and scholar during an artist talk and panel discussion. The free event presented by the Morehouse College Visual Arts program will take place Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College.
Congressman John Lewis, one of the original “Big Six” leaders during the heyday of the civil rights movement, will talk about his experiences and today’s challenges at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 at Morehouse College’s Ray Charles Performing Arts Center.
“An Evening With Rep. John Lewis” is one of several events the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection is leading in the annual commemoration of the life of King, a 1948 graduate and one of Lewis’ mentors.
ATLANTA (January 7, 2016)—Morehouse professor Marc Lamont Hill is among the 200 university-based scholars recognized by Frederick M. Hess for shaping public discussions on education. Hill is ranked No. 36 on the list.
Hess, who is director of education policy for American Enterprise Institute, released his “Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings” by using eight metrics to calculate how much university-based academics moved ideas from academic journals into the national conversation.
ATLANTA, GA—Dec. 9, 2015—Morehouse College student Prince Abudu has been selected to the 2016 International Rhodes Scholar class representing his home country of Zimbabwe. The Rhodes Scholarship supports students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as future leaders.
Abudu is the fourth Morehouse student to be selected for the prestigious scholarship to attend the University of Oxford in England. Morehouse is the only Historically Black College represented in the 2016 Rhodes Scholar Class and one of only two Georgia colleges in this year’s prestigious class. The Rhodes Scholarship provides for two or three years of study at Oxford. Abudu, whose email signature Destinato Alla Gloria, “Destined for Greatness,” best girds his determination to excel. The Morehouse leader plans to pursue a master’s degree in computer science and a MBA at Oxford.