I WROTE THIS POST LAST YEAR; BUT IT WAS WELL-RECEIVED AND PERFECTLY FITS INTO 'BOOKS & BELONGING', THIS YEAR, SO I AM RE-POSTING W/SLIGHT EDITS.
This blog post is dedicated to my brother,
This blog post is dedicated to my brother,
Arnold L. Martin
and my ‘brother-from-another-mother',
who are both amazing, ‘Morehouse Men’.
celebrated 145 years of providing one of the Best Liberal Arts educations in the Morehouse College . It has produced Rhodes and Fulbright Scholars, as well as a US Surgeon General, an Olympic Gold Medalist, Bank Chairmen, Lawyers, Doctors, Judges, Professors, Business Executives, Theologians, Civil Rights Activists, Actors and Filmmakers – to name a few. Some famous graduates include: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Filmmaker, Spike Lee, Actor, Samuel L. Jackson, the first African-American Mayor, Maynard Jackson, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, Olympic gold medalist, Edwin Moses, Baseball World Series MVP, Donn Clendenon, and former United States Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher. United States
|Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.|
|Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee|
|Mayor Maynard Jackson|
|Dr. Louis Sullivan|
|Dr. David Satcher|
What do all of these people have in common, in addition to being Morehouse Alumni? They are all Black Men.
In 1879, the Institute moved to its own location and changed its name to the Atlanta Baptist Seminary. It later acquired a 4-acre campus in downtown
; and in 1885, The Seminary moved to its present, 61-acre location, on land donated by prominent Baptist and industrialist, John D. Rockefeller. Atlanta
|John D. Rockefeller|
In 1906, Dr. John Hope became the first African-American President and led the Institution's growth in enrollment and academic stature. He envisioned an academically-rigorous college, so he expanded the College’s curriculum to include courses in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities.
now confers Bachelor's Degrees in the Arts and Sciences, Humanities, Business, Education, Engineering, Religious Studies, and the Health professions. Morehouse College
|Dr. John Hope|
In 1911, the [
] Glee Club was founded and has since gained a long and impressive history, having also toured the globe. The Glee Club performed at Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral and his 2011 Washington DC Memorial Dedication, President Jimmy Carter's Inauguration, Super Bowl XXVIII, and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Morehouse College . Atlanta
|Morehouse Glee Club|
In 1913, the Seminary was renamed
, in honor of Dr. Henry L. Morehouse, corresponding secretary of the American Baptist Home Mission Society (who had long organized Rockefeller and the Society's support for the College). Morehouse College
Dr. Benjamin Mays became President in 1940 and also became a mentor to student and graduate, Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Mays also presided over the growth in international enrollment and reputation.
|Dr. Benjamin Mays|
In 1967, Dr. Hugh Gloster, Morehouse Class of 1931, became the first Alumnus to serve as President of the College. In 1975, Dr. Gloster established the Morehouse School of Medicine, which became independent from
in 1981 and is co-educational. Morehouse College
Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. is the current President of the College. On average, each graduating class is now 500+ men; and at graduation, 97% of graduates are offered two or more jobs by Fortune 500 companies, private companies, or attend post-graduate education. Nearly three-fourths of Morehouse students volunteer within the community. This volunteerism connects them to their communities and helps them see that, as individuals and as a squadron of educated Black men, they can make an impact and make a difference. However, it is important to note that Morehouse does not exclude men from other races. In May 2008, Morehouse graduated its first White Valedictorian.
, Clark Atlanta University , Morehouse School of Medicine and nearby women's college, Interdenominational Theological Center , Morehouse is part of the Spelman College . Morehouse’s unofficial sister college is Atlanta University Center , which is a nearby women’s Liberal Arts college, with a predominantly African-American student body. Many Morehouse and Spelman students have intermarried. Spelman College
Oprah Winfrey has believed in Morehouse Men so much, that she has donated a $12 million, generative endowment to the College. Watch this 2-minute news clip about the endowment, and you will also be treated to a bit of the Morehouse Glee Club singing, which, having attended a few of their concerts, I can honestly say that they have, without a doubt, been some of the best experiences I have ever had!
Although times change, "Morehouse’s mission remains steadfast: to produce academically superior, morally-conscious leaders for the conditions and issues of today, whether 'today' is post-Civil War, or the [21st century]."
When you visit Morehouse's website, you will find these very poignant words: "There is a 'Morehouse Mystique,' which is not easily defined or understood. The Mystique is joining a brotherhood like no other. In times when Black men have been (and often, continue to be) ignored, stereotyped or marginalized, they choose the ‘House’, [where they know they will belong, and where they will be made into men]".