Department of English


English major Horace Julian Bond (1940 – 2015), founding member of SNCC, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, enrolled in Morehouse in 1961, returning after a years of dedicated work as one of the country’s preeminent civil rights activists to complete his degree in 1971. Known for his unwavering commitment to social justice, Bond went on to serve in the Georgia House of Representatives (1967 – 74) and the Georgia Senate (1977 – 87). He became the first President of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Chairperson of the NAACP (1998 – 2010). 

Recent graduates reflect on their experience as English majors at Morehouse 

"My experience as an English major at Morehouse College laid the foundation for my development as a scholar. Indeed, my professors, to whom I owe more than I can ever repay, taught me how to read critically and write persuasively; they also demanded that I strive for excellence and accepted nothing short of my best effort. Because of the Morehouse College English Department, I graduated not only with strong academic skills but also the will and commitment to succeed later in my doctoral studies."

Robert W. Gaines, II '06
Ph.D. in Educational Administration & Policy, University of Georgia 

"Five years after my graduation, as I reflect on how the English Department at Morehouse informs my work, I think about the drive to telling stories that often go underreported and telling them with compassion. As an English major, I read and studied masters of literature and storytelling, from Shakespeare to Ralph Ellison to Zora Neale Hurston, who all created characters and worlds that evoked understanding and compassion in readers. As I've gone on to become a writer myself, and perhaps especially because I write non-fiction, I've found that the lesson to treat subjects with compassion is critical to my work in journalism."

Matthew McKnight ’08
Web Producer, The New Yorker 

"The practical skills I learned at Morehouse's English Department were invaluable, and I've certainly carried them with me in my journalism career. My professors served as excellent mentors and always challenged me to not just think, but to think critically and analytically. Whether I'm drafting interview questions or structuring a story, I'm always employing those same intellectual tools."

Gerren Keith Gaynor ’11
Contributor to JET Magazine, VIBE, Black Enterprise,
The New York Times, and Essence 

 "Morehouse is the source of my intellectual foundations and my aspirations to become a writer. I was influenced by so many classes—from the course in journalistic ethics to the study of John Milton's Paradise Lost, which still acts as my own personal standard of literary skill. I'm constantly surprised at how much I use what I learned in my Morehouse classes in my work at GQ and in other ventures. In fact, I'd argue that my classmates and I came into the field more prepared than our competition. And we have the English Department at Morehouse College to thank for that."

Mark Anthony Green ’10
Writer and editorial assistant, GQ Magazine

Featured Alumnus: Jordan Jones ’14 Named an Associate Editor for The Atlantic