Bipartisan Group of U.S. Congressmen Salutes Morehouse College’s 150th Anniversary

Date Released: December 7, 2017


Morehouse College’s 150-year legacy of excellence recently brought Republicans and Democrats together to honor the College in the halls of the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was joined by fellow congressmen and Morehouse Men Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr. ’68 (D-Ga.) and Rep. Cedric Richmond ’95 (D-La.) when he introduced a resolution – co-sponsored by Congressional members on both sides of the aisle – honoring the College’s 150th anniversary on Dec. 1.

“I am proud to introduce this bipartisan resolution celebrating the 150-year anniversary of Morehouse College’s legacy and tradition of producing men who change the fabric of our nation and inspire movements in every corner of the world,” said Lewis, one of the nation’s most revered civil rights activists.

The resolution’s original co-sponsors included Democrats Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.), Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Rep. Andre Carson (D-Indiana), Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), along with Republicans Rep. A. Drew Ferguson IV (R-Ga.), Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.), Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Rep. Jody B. Hice (R-Ga.), along with Bishop and Richmond.

 “Morehouse students and graduates, including Martin Luther King Jr. and those involved in the Atlanta Student Movement, became leaders and pioneers in the Civil Rights Movement,” Lewis said. “Their model encouraged generations of Americans, including me, to commit to improving ourselves and our communities. To this day, students, graduates, administrators and professors in the Morehouse family continue to contribute to all aspects of American and global life and culture through business, arts, health, science and public service.

“In applying the principles of tolerance, morality, hard work, humility, service, leadership and excellence, Morehouse College is integral to our nation’s history and future, and it is an honor and a privilege to have an institution with the legacy, spirit and mission of Morehouse College located in the heart of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District,” Lewis said. 

In 1961, Lewis risked his life participating in the Freedom Rides, which challenged segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South. From 1963-1966, he was chairman of SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), which organized student activism. On Aug. 28, 1963, Lewis was a keynote speaker at the March on Washington, and on March 7, 1965, he and Hosea Williams attempted to lead some 600 nonviolent protestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., before being beaten and attacked with tear gas by Alabama state troopers and local police.

To view the resolution, follow the link below:

Last Modified: December 7, 2017, 16:12 PM, by: Synera Shelton

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