Date Released: May 11, 2017


Contact: D. Aileen Dodd, Media Relations and Public Relations Manager, Morehouse College;; 470-639-0734.


Affinity Groups Will Gather to Recognize Alumni Leadership,
Raise Money During 150th Anniversary Commencement Weekend 

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.

Dr. Byron “BK” Edmond ‘86, a 2015 “Alumni of The Year” award winner, is leading this effort to increase alumni giving during the 150th anniversary of the founding of Morehouse. Organizing by affinity groups is expected to increase competition and engagement. The Affinity Group Appeal, launched earlier this year by OIA, supports scholarship opportunities, athletic program enhancements, and residential upgrades for the historic institution. Twenty-five groups are participating from sports teams to fraternities. More than 75 alumni have joined together to underwrite a reception for the event.

See below for details:

WHAT: Living Legends Reception for Morehouse College Alumni Affinity Groups

WHEN: Friday, May 19, 2017 – Commencement/Reunion Weekend – 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 

WHERE: The Gathering Spot

              384 North Yards Boulevard NW

              Building 100, Suite 190

              Atlanta Georgia 30313

WHO:     Event:  B. Maynard Scarborough, Morehouse OIA Officer 470-639-0274

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Ranked America’s fifth “Most Entrepreneurial College” by Forbes Magazine in 2015, Morehouse College is the nation’s largest liberal arts college for men. Founded in 1867, the College enrolls approximately 2,100 students and historically has conferred more bachelor’s degrees on black men than any other institution in the world. Morehouse College is one of the two top producers of Rhodes Scholars among HBCUs. Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General; Shelton “Spike” Lee, American filmmaker; Maynard H. Jackson, the first African American mayor of Atlanta, Ga.; and Jeh Johnson, the former Secretary of Homeland Security.


Last Modified: May 31, 2017, 11:05 AM, by: Synera Shelton

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