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Morehouse College

Morehouse College
Former names
Atlanta Baptist Seminary
Atlanta Baptist College
Motto Latin: "Et Facta Est Lux"
Motto in English
And there is light[1]
Type Private liberal arts college
Men's college
Endowment $130 Million [2]
President John Silvanus Wilson, Jr.[3]
Students 2,200
Undergraduates 2,200
Location U.S.
Campus 61 acres, Urban[4]
Newspaper The Maroon Tiger
Colors Maroon and White
Athletics NCAA Division II SIAC[5]
Nickname Maroon Tigers[5]
Mascot The Maroon Tiger
Affiliations NAICU
Annapolis Group
Oberlin Group
Website .edumorehouse

Morehouse College is a men's liberal arts colleges in the United States.[1]

Morehouse has a 61-acre (250,000 m2) campus and an enrollment of approximately 2,200 students. The student-faculty ratio is 16:1 and 100% of the school's tenure-track faculty hold tertiary degrees. Along with Clark Atlanta University, Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse School of Medicine and nearby women's college Spelman College, Morehouse is part of the Atlanta University Center. In 1881, both Morehouse and Spelman students were studying in the basement of Atlanta's Friendship Baptist Church.

Morehouse is one of two historically black colleges in the country to produce Rhodes Scholars, and it is the alma mater of many African-American leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


  • History 1
    • Establishment 1.1
    • Early years 1.2
    • Modern history 1.3
  • Administration and organization 2
  • Campus 3
    • Buildings 3.1
    • Monuments 3.2
  • Academics 4
    • Division of Science & Mathematics 4.1
    • Rankings 4.2
    • Library and collections 4.3
  • Student life 5
    • Regulation of student conduct 5.1
    • Activities 5.2
    • Morehouse Marching Band 5.3
    • Mock Trial Association 5.4
    • Glee Club 5.5
    • The Maroon Tiger 5.6
    • National fraternities and honor societies 5.7
      • NPHC 5.7.1
      • Fellowship 5.7.2
      • Honor Societies 5.7.3
    • Religious organizations 5.8
  • Athletics 6
  • Notable alumni 7
  • Oprah Winfrey Scholars 8
  • Notes 9
  • References 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12



Just two years after the

  • Official website
  • Morehouse College Athletics website

External links

  • Addie Louise Joyner Butler, The Distinctive Black College: Talladega, Tuskegee, and Morehouse (Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1977).
  • Leroy Davis, A Clashing of the Soul: John Hope and the Dilemma of African American Leadership and Black Higher Education in the Early Twentieth Century (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998).
  • Edward A. Jones, A Candle in the Dark: A History of Morehouse College (Valley Forge, Pa.: Judson Press, 1967). Moss Kendrix, P.R icon


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  36. ^ "Atlanta Deal for King Papers Paves Way for Museum, Mayor Says". 2006-06-29. Retrieved 2006-06-29. 
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  39. ^ "Coca-Cola giving land for museum on civil rights". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2006-10-26. 
  40. ^ "The Soul of Morehouse and the Future of the Mystique: President's Town Hall Meeting" (Robert M. Franklin (2009)).
  41. ^ Mungin, Lateef (October 17, 2009). "All-male college cracks down on cross-dressing". CNN. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
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In 2004 Oprah increased her donation by $5 million for a total donation of $12 million. The fund has since supported over 400 students. This made her the largest single donor to Morehouse.[57] In 2011, several hundred Oprah Scholars surprised Oprah by showing up at her final TV show carrying candles to thank her for her generosity. They, in turn, pledged $300,000 to help educate future Morehouse students.[58]

In 1990, entertainer Oprah Winfrey pledged to put 100 men through Morehouse. She made a donation to establish the “Oprah Winfrey Endowed Scholarship Fund”. The school uses the fund to select deserving students based on academic achievement and financial need. Selected students are deemed “Oprah Scholars” or “Sons of Oprah”. Their financial support covers most of the costs of their education including prior student debt.[55] Recipients must maintain their grade point average and provide additional volunteer support to the community.[56]

Oprah Winfrey Scholars

President Barack Obama holds an honorary doctorate of laws from Morehouse.[13]

Previous Watson Fellows include, Craig Marberry '81, Kenneth Flowers '83 and Lynn P. Harrison III '79. [54][53], Erich Caulfield.White House Fellow and 2010 Watson Fellows, four Luce Scholars, five Marshall Scholars Since 1999, Morehouse has produced five [52][51] According to Morehouse's own "About Us" page, Morehouse was the first historically black college to produce a

Morehouse alumni include notable African-Americans such as: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., theologian Howard Thurman, businessman and former 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, Secretary of Homeland Security in 2013 Jeh Johnson, filmmaker Spike Lee, filmmaker Robert G. Christie (a.k.a. Bobby Garcia), actor Samuel L. Jackson, U.S. Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Gang Starr rapper Guru, Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses, Lloyd McNeill, Jazz flutist, USPS Kwanza Stamp designer, the first recipient of Howard University's MFA Degree, former Bank of America Chairman Walter E. Massey, the first African-American mayor of Atlanta Maynard Jackson, Major League Baseball first baseman and 1969 World Series MVP Donn Clendenon, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis W. Sullivan, former United States Surgeon General David Satcher, entrepreneur and award-winning technologist Paul Q. Judge, keyboardist for Maroon 5 PJ Morton and Sunday Best season 7 winner Geoffrey Golden.

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering "I Have a Dream" at the 1963 Washington, D.C. Civil Rights March.

Notable alumni

The Morehouse swim team is called the Tigersharks. From 1958 till 1976 the swim team had 255 wins and only 25 losses, with over 15 SIAC championships, making it the most winning sports team in Morehouse history.[48] It beat Emory University and Georgia Tech in dual meets in different seasons. The team also appeared in Jet and Ebony magazines, Black Sports, and Sports Illustrated throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and is presently being considered as honorary inductees into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Actor Samuel L. Jackson was once the team statistician and apprentice swimmer. Some of the swimmers had competed in NCAA and NAIA competition at various times throughout the team's history. The team was disestablished in 1976, and the funds were transferred to build the Morehouse School of Medicine, which separated from Morehouse in 1981.[49] During the years of 1966 to 1970, their star butterfly swimmer was Bobby Garcia, now filmmaker Robert G. Christie ( His film, The Sobbing Stone, was nominated Best Feature Drama at the Sabaoth International Film Festival in Milan, Italy in 2006. A screenplay of his years at Morehouse is soon to be made into a major motion picture.

In sports, the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers are affiliated with the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). Morehouse College competes in football, baseball, basketball, cross country, tennis, track & field and golf.

Morehouse Tigers athletics logo


Campus religious organizations include the Atlanta University Center Catholic Student Coalition, King International Chapel Ministry, Martin Luther King International Chapel Assistants, King Chapel Choir, Muslim Students Association, New Life Inspirational Fellowship Church Campus Ministry, and The Outlet.[43]

Religious organizations

Honor Societies



Morehouse College has chapters of several national fraternities and honor societies:

National fraternities and honor societies, it was renamed in 1925. American poet and writer The Athenaeum. Originally founded in 1898 as The Maroon Tiger The college's weekly student-run newspaper is

The Maroon Tiger

Founded in 1911, the Morehouse College Glee Club has a long and impressive history. The Glee Club performed at Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral, President Jimmy Carter's inauguration, Super Bowl XXVIII, and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The Glee Club's international performances include tours in Africa, Russia, Poland and the Caribbean. The group also appeared on the soundtrack for the movie School Daze, directed by notable Morehouse alum (c/o 1979), Spike Lee. Most recently, the Morehouse College Glee Club was invited to perform at the ABCUSA 2011 Conference in Puerto Rico. Also, the glee club studio-recorded a song for Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer" entitled Zachary and the Scaly-Bark Tree.

Glee Club

From 2006 to 2010, Morehouse consecutively won their regional championship competitions, and thus received direct trips to the AMTA national championship competitions in Iowa, Florida, and Minnesota.[46]

In 2005, Morehouse College became a member of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA).[45] The school is one of only four competing teams to come from a historically black college and is also the only all-male team in the AMTA.

2005–2006 Morehouse College Mock Trial Team after it obtained an "Honorable Mention" award in their first appearance at the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament in 2006

Mock Trial Association

The Morehouse College Marching Band is known for their halftime performances which combine dance and marching with music from various genres, including rap, traditional marching band music, and pop music. They have performed at Super Bowl XXVIII, the Today Show, at Atlanta Falcons home games, and in a national commercial.[44] They gave the halftime show during the 2013 NCAA Men's National Championship basketball game. Affectionately known as the "House of Funk" they march alongside the Maroon Mystique Color guard (flag spinning) squad and Mahogany-N-Motion dance team.

Morehouse Marching Band

Morehouse College offers organized and informal co-curricular activities including over 80 student organizations, varsity, club, and intramural sports, and student publications.[43] Morehouse is a NCAA Division II school and competes in numerous sports, including football, baseball, basketball, cross country, and track & field.


In October 2009, Morehouse College initiated a campus wide attire policy that prohibits students from wearing women's clothes, jewelry on their teeth, pajamas as classroom attire, tight fitting caps or bandannas on their heads, or pants which hang below the waist at official college-sponsored events. This dress code is part of the Five Wells which holds that "Morehouse Men are Renaissance Men with a social conscience and global perspective who are Well-Read, Well-Spoken, Well-Traveled, Well-Dressed and Well-Balanced."[40] Dr. William Bynum, vice president for Student Services was quoted by CNN as saying, "We are talking about five students who are living a gay lifestyle that is leading them to dress [in] a way we do not expect in Morehouse men."[41] These remarks and the attire policy itself have been the source of great controversy both on and off the campus. President Franklin personally sent out an email to the schools' alumni, clarifying that the university's attire policy is not intended as an affront to gays.[42]

Regulation of student conduct

Student life

Morehouse College is home to a 10,000-piece collection of original documents written by Martin Luther King, Jr. (referred to as the King Collection). The set was valued by the Library of Congress as being worth between $28 to $30 million and was originally scheduled by his family to be auctioned off to the general public in 2006, but private donors in Atlanta intervened and offered a pre-auction bid at $32 million. On June 29, it was announced by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, a key catalyst in the buyout, that a new civil rights museum would be built in the city to make the documents available for research, public access and exhibits. Coca Cola donated a land parcel valued at $10 million in order to assist with the development of the project. The collection includes King's 1964 Nobel Prize acceptance speech.[36][37][38][39]

Morehouse College, along with other members of the Atlanta University Center, share the Robert W. Woodruff Library.[35]

Library and collections

    • Morehouse was ranked #2 among the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S. News & World Report 2014 rankings.[23]
    • Morehouse was ranked #127 of the best National Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S. News 2011 Report.[24]
    • Morehouse is also one of only four historically black colleges ranked in the top tier among the nation's Best Liberal Arts Colleges according to the U.S. News and World Reports 2011 rankings.
    • In 2010, according to the Huffington Post, Morehouse ranks among America's Most Grueling Colleges.[25]
    • Morehouse was ranked #1 three times in a row (2002–2004) as the best school for African Americans for undergraduate study by Black Enterprise magazine.[26]
    • In a 2003 study, Morehouse was ranked #29 by The Wall Street Journal as being one of the "Top 50 Feeder Schools" for elite graduate and professional schools .[27][28]
    • According to a 2007 joint publication by Newsweek and Kaplan, Inc., Morehouse College was one of the "25 Hottest Schools in America" and the "Hottest Men's College".[29]
    • Newsweek ranks Morehouse among the nation's Best Colleges for the Service Minded.
    • In addition to the above rankings, in 2009 and 2010, the U.S. News reported that America's high school College Counselors ranked Morehouse College # 68 among the Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the Nation for their students.[30]
    • In 2008, Morehouse College was listed among 10 Great Schools for Networking by Forbes magazine.[31]
    • A 2008 National Science Foundation study found that of over 3,000 colleges and universities in the U.S., Morehouse College was the fifth biggest producer of African Americans who eventually earned PhDs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).[32]
    • In 2011, Morehouse received a rarely awarded grade of "A" for its overall core curriculum and was counted among the "hidden gems" in the What Will They Learn? project conducted by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.[33]
    • As of 2015, Morehouse is the #1 baccalaureate-origin institution of black male doctorate recipients.[34]


Historically black colleges and universities, which grant bachelor's degrees to 30 percent of the African Americans who pursue majors in science and engineering, continue to play a critical role in this regard. Since the 1989-90 academic year, the number of degrees awarded by the member institutions of The College Fund/UNCF have increased 64 percent in biology, 39 percent in mathematics, and 31 percent in physics and chemistry. At Morehouse College, more than 1/3 of graduates are in science and engineering. Morehouse received federal support to establish a Center of Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education. The Center's mission is to increase the number of underrepresented groups pursuing careers in science, mathematics and engineering by providing scholarships and recruiting male and female high school students to participate in intensive summer programs, and by providing professional development activities and research experiences for public high school teachers.

Division of Science & Mathematics

Historically, Morehouse has conferred more bachelor's degrees on black males than any other institution in the nation.[22]

Morehouse's student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1.[21]

High School juniors in the Atlanta area may gain admission into Morehouse's Joint Enrollment program which allows a high school senior to enroll in Morehouse classes and earn credits toward both a Morehouse degree as well as a high school diploma.[20]

Morehouse sponsors "Project Identity," a federally funded program to stimulate interest among high school students to attend college. Project Identity conducts Saturday and summer programs for high school students to give minority students exposure to college academic life.[19]

In 2008, the student body consisted of 2,500 black-non-Hispanic, 66 non-resident aliens, 9 Hispanics, 7 white-non-Hispanics, 4 native Americans, and 21 unidentified race or ethnicity.[17] Morehouse College has received considerable attention as an outstanding national leader among liberal arts colleges from an array of media and ranking agencies. CNN quoted Sterling Hudson, the former dean of admissions, as saying, "Like every other college, we're interested in diversity. So, if a white student becomes interested in Morehouse - of course we are going to treat him like any other student."[18]

Morehouse College is accredited by the Commission and Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Students may choose from over 26 majors and may participate in the Morehouse College Honors Program which is a four-year comprehensive program providing special learning opportunities for students of outstanding intellectual ability, high motivation, and broad interests.


  • A statue of Benjamin Mays stands atop a marble monument situated in front of Graves Hall. This monument marks the graves of President Mays and his wife, Sadie Gray Mays. Behind the graves are memoirs and a time capsule set to be opened in May 2095.
  • Hugh Morris Gloster, seventh president of Morehouse College and founder of Morehouse School of Medicine, is buried in the eastern lawn of the College's main administration building bearing his name.

The grave sites of two presidents of Morehouse College are located on campus:

An obelisk named in honor of Howard Thurman stands at the western end of the main entrance plaza of King Chapel. The base of the Thurman Obelisk contains the remains of Dr. Thurman and his wife. The obelisk also houses a carillon.

A bronze statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. stands at the eastern portion of the main entrance plaza of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel. Inscribed in the base of the statue are the words of Dr. King.

Obelisk in front of King Chapel dedicated to Howard Thurman, world famous theologian and civil rights leader.


  • Mays Hall was named after the sixth president of Morehouse College, Benjamin Mays. It houses dorm rooms and is the headquarters for residence life for the college.
  • Merrill Hall, named after Charles E. Merrill Jr., a chairman of the College's Board of Trustees, became the chemistry building. The 2000s (decade) saw Merrill Hall undergo a renovation that doubled its size. Its new corridor is called John Hopps Technology Tower, which houses the Computer Science department.
  • Nabrit-Mapp-McBay Hall was erected in 1987. The building is also known as Bio-Chem from a plaque at the corridor stating that the building was built to house the Biology and Chemistry classrooms. It now holds the Biology department. It was named for distinguished science professors Samuel M. Nabrit, Frederick Mapp, and Henry McBay.
  • Otis Moss Jr. Residential Suites are apartment, studio, and suite dwellings built in 2003. The Suites were renamed in spring 2006, after Otis Moss Jr. (class of 1956), former chair of Morehouse's Board of Trustees.
  • Perdue Hall is a residences hall built around the time of the 1996 Summer Olympics. It housed athletes during the 1996 Olympic events.
  • Robert Hall, named after Joseph T. Robert, the first president of the College, was erected to be the College's first residence hall. When built, there was a cafeteria in its basement. Today the basement houses a post office.
  • Sale Hall, named after the third president, was built to contain classrooms. Today, it is the department building for religion and philosophy courses. On the second floor, a small auditorium, called the Chapel of the Inward Journey, was used for religious and commencement proceedings. Today, the chapel is still used for recitals, pageants, and student government association election debates.
  • Wheeler Hall is a building used primarily by the Political Science and Sociology departments.
  • White Hall is a freshman residence hall, named after the College's founder.
Historic Chapel Bell outside of Sale Hall.
  • Hope Hall was named after John Hope, the fourth president of Morehouse College. When erected, it was known as the Science Building, then later the Biology Building. Through the years, the building became too small for classroom use and now holds laboratories for departments that are in other buildings. Hope Hall includes the offices of the Public Health Sciences Institute.
  • Hubert Hall is a freshman dorm named after Charles D. Hubert, who was an acting president from 1938 to 1940.
  • Kilgore Campus Center houses administrative offices, as well as several seminar rooms and lounges. A separate area of the building serves as a dormitory. Archer Hall, B.T. Harvey Stadium, and the exterior of Graves Hall are featured in the Spike Lee film School Daze.
  • Leadership Center houses the Business Administration and Economics departments as well as other offices. It also has a 500-seat auditorium. The building was completed in 2005.
  • Living Learning Center (LLC) was formerly known as Thurman Hall. It is one of the school's freshman dorms.
  • Martin Luther King International Chapel/Gloster Hall was built in 1978 as the new auditorium and administration building for Morehouse College, replacing Sale and Harkness halls (Harkness is now a Clark Atlanta University structure). It is home to the GandhiKingIkeda Reconciliation Institute.
Kilgore Campus Center.
  • Archer Hall, named after the fifth president of Morehouse College, Samuel H. Archer, holds the College's recreational facilities such as its gymnasium, swimming pool, and game room. The gymnasium seats 1,000 people and was used by the College's basketball team before Franklin Forbes Arena was built.
  • B.T Harvey Stadium/Edwin Moses Track is a 9,000-seat stadium built in 1983. At the time of its completion, it was the largest on-campus stadium at any private HBCU in the nation [15]
  • Brawley Hall, named after Benjamin Griffith Brawley, houses the college's History, English, Language, and Art departments.
  • Brazeal Hall is a dormitory built in 1991. It housed athletes during the time of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Brazeal Hall originally housed upperclassmen, though it currently serves as a freshmen dorm.
  • Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academic Building is a 76,000-square-foot (7,100 m2) facility dedicated on September 29, 2010.[16]
  • Chivers Hall/Lane Hall is the cafeteria of the college. It seats 600 people and is attached to Mays Hall. The Sadie Mays lounge, named for the wife of Dr. Mays, connects Mays Hall and Chivers Hall.
  • Dansby Hall houses the school's Physics, Psychology, and Mathematics departments.
  • Douglass Hall (also known as LRC (Learning Resource Center)) was originally built as the school's student center but today houses the college archives and a computer lab.
  • DuBois Hall is a freshman dorm erected in 1973, named after philosopher W.E.B. Du Bois.
  • Forbes Arena is a 5,700 capacity seat arena, built for the 1996 Olympic Games. It is now the main gymnasium for the college's basketball team and holds many events year round.
  • Graves Hall, named after the second president of Morehouse College, Samuel T. Graves, is an honors dormitory. When constructed in the 1880s, it was the tallest building in Atlanta. When the college relocated to the West End area, student housing, classrooms, and administration offices were all contained within the building.
Graves Hall, Century Campus, and Mays' Tomb.


Morehouse is located on 61 acres (25 ha) campus near downtown Atlanta.[4] The campus does not have a comprehensive sustainability program, but does operate recycling programs for paper, toner and ink jet printer cartridges.[14]


Morehouse is also a member of the Atlanta University Center, a consortium of the historically black colleges and universities Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, and Morehouse School of Medicine. The AUC campuses are co-located in the city of Atlanta, which provides an opportunity for cross-registration and social intermingling amongst the students there, particularly the undergraduate population.

Morehouse's official sister college is Bennett College for Women, located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Bennett College students often travel from North Carolina to Atlanta for Morehouse events, such as homecoming; Morehouse College students do the same trip in reverse for some Bennett events.

Morehouse's students are represented by two main bodies. The Morehouse Student Government Association is an executive board with 13 members who are elected annually. There is also the Campus Alliance for Student Activities (CASA), a 17-member board responsible for co-curricular planning across campus.

Morehouse's majors and programs are divided into three divisions: the Division of Business Administration & Economics; the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Division of Science & Mathematics. Each division is headed by a dean.

The President of the College is the senior executive officer, appointed officially by the Board of Trustees. The current President of Morehouse is John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., a 1979 alumnus of Morehouse, a professor of education and the former executive director of the White House Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The President's Office has 8 divisions within its "administrative cabinet" - Academic Affairs (headed by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs), General Counsel, Business and Finance, Campus Operations, Information Technology, Institutional Advancement and Student Affairs.

Morehouse's governing body is its Board of Trustees. The Morehouse Board of Trustees has 37 members, including 3 student trustees and 3 faculty trustees. As of December 2014, five of the six executive board members and seven of the 31 general trustees are Morehouse alumni.

Administration and organization

[13] In May 2013,

Morehouse celebrated several historic milestones in 2013. 100 years ago, in 1913, Atlanta Baptist College was renamed Morehouse College after Henry Lyman Morehouse, corresponding secretary for the American Baptist Home Mission Society. 2013 is also the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, when Morehouse graduate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., class of 1948, delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D.C. The year also marks the 50th anniversary of King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." The College also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the "A Candle in the Dark" Gala, which honors some of the world's leaders and raises scholarship funds for Morehouse students.

In 2007, Morehouse graduated 540 men, one of the largest classes in its history.[9] On May 16, 2008, Joshua Packwood became the first white valedictorian to graduate in the school's 141-year history.[10][11] In August 2008, Morehouse welcomed a total of 920 new students (770 freshmen and 150 transfer students) to its campus, one of the largest entering classes in the history of the school.[12]

Dr. Leroy Keith, Jr., was named president in 1987. In 1995, alumnus Dr. Walter E. Massey, became Morehouse's ninth president. His successor, Dr. Robert Michael Franklin was the tenth president of the College. In November 2012, Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr., an alumnus of Morehouse College, was announced as the institution's 11th president.

Modern history

[8] In 1967, Dr. Hugh M. Gloster became the seventh president. The following year, the college's

Dr. Samuel H. Archer became the fifth president of the college in 1931 and selected the school colors, maroon and white, to reflect his own alma mater, Colgate University. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays became president in 1940.[6] Mays, who would be a mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., presided over the growth in international enrollment and reputation. During the 1960s, Morehouse students were actively involved in the civil rights movement in Atlanta.[6] Mays’ speeches were instrumental in shaping the personal development of Morehouse students during his tenure.

[6].Atlanta University Center Morehouse entered into a cooperative agreement with Clark College and Spelman College in 1929 and later expanded the association to form the [7][6] In 1906

A view of an entrance to the campus' courtyard.
It later acquired a 4-acre (1.6 ha) campus in downtown Atlanta. In 1885, Dr. Samuel T. Graves became the second president. That year the seminary moved to its present location, on land donated by prominent Baptist and industrialist, [6] In 1879, the institute moved to its own location and changed its name to the Atlanta Baptist Seminary.

Early years

Morehouse's History at a glance
1867 Augusta Institute established[6]
1879 Institute moved to Atlanta and name changed to Atlanta Baptist Seminary[6]
1885 The seminary moved to its present location[6]
1897 The school was renamed Atlanta Baptist College[6]
1913 School renamed to Morehouse College[6]
1929 Morehouse entered into a cooperative agreement with Clark College and Spelman College (later expanded to form the Atlanta University Center)[6]
1975 The Morehouse School of Medicine established
1981 The Morehouse School of Medicine became independent from Morehouse College

, Robert raised funds, taught the classes, and stabilized the institution. Brown University). An anti-slavery Baptist minister from South Carolina and 1828 graduate of Robert's Rules of Order, author of Brigadier General Henry Martyn Robert The Institute's first president was Rev. Dr. Joseph T. Robert (1871-1884) (father of [7][6]

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