Morehouse College is joining a renewed national effort to educate and support young, African-American men. Dr. John Silvanus Wilson said recently that won’t mean rolling out a specific new program, but it will include a variety of adjustments at the historically black college that results in a rejuvenated approach to producing the “Morehouse man.”
Georgians from across the state gathered into the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College Wednesday evening to pay their respects to the late Nelson Mandela. The memorial service was organized by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and Morehouse College. Speakers included former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young and Reverend Bernice King, who remembered the former South African president fondly and tied Mandela’s more than thirty-year fight to end Apartheid in South Africa to the civil rights movement in the south during the 1960s.
Morehouse College will host a public program on its Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection Wednesday as part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The collection, which is housed at the Atlanta University Center library, includes more than 13,000 individual documents.
President Barack Obama told graduates of historically black Morehouse College to seize the power of their example as black men graduating from college and use it to improve people's lives. About 500 students received undergraduate degrees on Sunday and became "Morehouse Men."
Four Morehouse College students accused in two rapes have been released from the Fulton County jail on $10,000 bond each. One indictment charges three basketball players with raping an 18-year-old student from nearby Spelman College in April. Another indictment charges a former football player with raping a Spelman student off campus.
Morehouse College has named Dr. John S. Wilson Jr. as the 11th president of the historically black, all-male college in Atlanta. Wilson is a 1979 Morehouse graduate recently tapped by President Obama to serve as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
A Morehouse College official says the school is planning to make cuts after a drop in enrollment. The historically black college will furlough faculty and staff and make other budget cuts stemming from the decrease in enrollment.
Morehouse College President Robert Franklin plans to step down after a five-year term as head of the prestigious, historically black men's college. During his tenure, Franklin launched a new capital campaign and new public perception of Morehouse.
Department of Justice officials said Friday Morehouse College in Atlanta has agreed to pay $1.2 million to end a federal investigation into what they describe as the misuse of funds intended to promote scientific study.