Morehouse College Honors Program Hosts National Association of African American Honors Programs Conference

Date Released: November 10, 2017

Founded at Morehouse College 26 years ago, the National Association of African American Honors Programs returns to Atlanta for their 26th annual NAAAHP Conference “Honors Mindset: Legacy of Social Justice,” starting Friday at Morehouse and the Hilton Atlanta.

More than 400 black undergraduate scholars will participate in an array of activities, from research and poster presentations to competitive tournaments, and a career and graduate school fair. The conference ends on Sunday, Nov. 12.

NAAAHP is a national academic organization that provides honors students and faculty with opportunities to network, compete academically, and present scholarly research at its annual conference.

“We are honored that NAAAHP has chosen to return to Morehouse, the birthplace of this important organization,” said Harold L. Martin, Interim President of Morehouse College. “As a former Honors Program scholar, I know the discipline that it takes to maintain high academic standards while juggling the demands on a college student’s busy schedule. Without the guidance of respected faculty, some of us would not be the leaders that we are today.”

Morehouse is hosting the conference as the College celebrates 150 years of serving scholars. Conference sessions held at Morehouse will highlight the work of the organization and its commitment to developing the next generation of social justice leaders.

This year’s conference marks the historic partnership between the NAAAHP and the National Collegiate Honors Council, which is also meeting for a conference this weekend. A joint session will be held for attendees featuring an address by Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy.

Also, during the NAAAHP conference, social justice advocate, Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, and Kenneth B. Morris, a descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, will be honored. Morris will give a presentation and call on behalf of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives for One Million Abolitionists to stand against human trafficking.

Multicultural visual artist Synthia Saint James, known for her Kwanzaa commemorative U.S. Postal Service Stamp design depicting historically black colleges and universities, will unveil her NAAAHP commissioned art work, Honors Mindset. This print will be available for purchase in the Morehouse College Bookstore.

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Last Modified: November 10, 2017, 09:11 AM, by: Synera Shelton

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