Inside Morehouse May 2010

MOREHOUSE Inside A CAMPUS NEWSLETTER FOR FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS INSIDE MOREHOUSE, MAY 2010 2 4 7 Graduating senior Cedrick Shelton writes about his positive impressions of Morehouse Ambassador Michael Battle urges African Americans to invest in Africa Golf, tennis and track and field teams win SIAC titles 8 See a list of events for Commencement/Reunion 2010 Commencement/Reunion 2010 Four years after entering Morehouse as wide-eyed freshmen, more than 500 seniors will march through the Century Campus and across the stage to become the latest Morehouse Men during the College’s 126th Commencement ceremony at 8 a.m. on May 16. More than 10,000 peo- ple will watch the nation’s largest group of African American male college graduates. Delivering the keynote address will be U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who is a former president at the nation’s seventh largest university, Texas A&M Uni- versity. Gates will receive an honorary doctor of laws. Gates is the only Defense secretary in U.S. history who was asked to remain in that office by a newly elected president, when President Barack Obama reappointed him in 2009. “Secretary Gates has led an exemplary life – one characterized primarily by decades of service to our country,” said President Robert M. Franklin ’75. “He has served the United States Air Force, the Central Intel- ligence Agency, the Pent- agon, the White House and Texas A&M University. All together, Gates embodies Morehouse’s commitment to ethical leadership, public service and service to the global community.” U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop ’68 (D-Ga.) also will receive an honorary doctor of laws and will give a special charge to the graduates. Tuskegee University President Ben- jamin Payton, who is retir- ing after 28 years in office, will receive the honorary doctor of humane letters. The College’s ninth presi- dent, retired Bank of America board chairman Walter E. Massey ’58, will receive the Presidential Renaissance Medallion. The weekend also will be a special time for alumni with Reunion 2010. Grad- uates from class years end- ing in “5” or “0” will be honored this year. Other events include the annual Reunion Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Saturday, May 15; the class of 1960 will be honored dur- ing this year’s Golden Tigers Breakfast on Saturday, May 15, and the President’s Wel- come Luncheon on Friday, May 14. The Rev. Charles E. Booth, senior pastor of Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, will deliver the keynote address for the baccalaure- ate service in the Martin Luther King Jr. Inter- national Chapel at 3 p.m. on May 15. Go to page 8 to view the full Commencement/Reunion calendar of events or go to 16080/events/2010/com- mencement/index.html. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to Deliver Keynote Address to Class of 2010 By ADD SEYMOUR JR. Alton Hornsby ’61 sat back and listened inside a Brawley Hall classroom in April while nine students debated Louis Armstrong’s place in history. Passionately, they exchanged well-thought out opinions. It was exactly what Hornsby wanted to hear. The way he taught the “Great Men and Women of America” course has become legendary for those brave enough to endure the hours of preparation for his class. “There was certainly a reputa- tion and mystique to this class,” remembered Courtney Gober ’00, who is now a high school princi- pal in Plano, Texas. “Every class always turned into a very heated debate that Dr. Hornsby facilitat- ed and tried not to impose his opinions until the very end when he’d summarize and provide us vital guidance.” The Armstrong debate was one of the last of Hornsby as a professor as after 42 years at Morehouse, he has decided to retire. He is leaving the place where he studied history and spent the bulk of his aca- demic career. “I knew that I would begin my career at Morehouse and end it here,” Hornsby said. “I’m com- mitted to the mission of this institution. Some people think the mission has changed, but I think the basic mission of the College – to produce black lead- ers with a focus on the African American heritage with ethical conduct – I think that stands and I support those principles.” Hornsby graduated from Morehouse in 1961 and then earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He began teach- ing at Tuskegee Institute in 1962 and joined the Morehouse facul- ty in 1968. President Hugh M. Gloster ’31 appointed him chairman of the history department in 1971. In what is believed to be the longest tenure for any departmental chair at an American college or univer- sity, Hornsby served for 30 years. Alton Hornsby Retires After 42-Year Career as History Professor at Morehouse By ADD SEYMOUR JR. (continued on page 5) Morehouse history professor Alton Hornsby Robert M. Gates Sanford Bishop ’68 Benjamin Payton Walter E. Massey ’58


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2 4 7Graduating ssenior CCedrick SShelton wwritesabout hhis ppositive iimpressions oof Morehouse

Ambassador MMichael BBattle uurges AAfricanAmericans tto iinvest iin AAfrica

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8See aa llist oof events fforCommencement/Reunion 22010

Commencement/Reunion 2010

Four years after enteringMorehouse as wide-eyedfreshmen, more than 500seniors will march throughthe Century Campus andacross the stage to becomethe latest Morehouse Menduring the College’s 126thCommencement ceremonyat 8 a.m. on May 16.

More than 10,000 peo-ple will watch the nation’slargest group of AfricanAmerican male collegegraduates.

Delivering the keynoteaddress will be U.S. DefenseSecretary Robert M. Gates,who is a former president atthe nation’s seventh largestuniversity, Texas A&M Uni-versity. Gates will receive anhonorary doctor of laws.

Gates is the only Defense

secretary in U.S. historywho was asked to remain in that office by a newlyelected president, whenPresident Barack Obamareappointed him in 2009.

“Secretary Gates has ledan exemplary life – onecharacterized primarily bydecades of service to ourcountry,” said PresidentRobert M. Franklin ’75. “Hehas served the United StatesAir Force, the Central Intel-ligence Agency, the Pent-agon, the White House andTexas A&M University. Alltogether, Gates embodiesMorehouse’s commitmentto ethical leadership, publicservice and service to theglobal community.”

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop’68 (D-Ga.) also will receive

an honorary doctor of lawsand will give a special chargeto the graduates. TuskegeeUniversity President Ben-jamin Payton, who is retir-ing after 28 years in office,will receive the honorarydoctor of humane letters.The College’s ninth presi-dent , ret i red Bank ofAmerica board chairmanWalter E. Massey ’58, willreceive the PresidentialRenaissance Medallion.

The weekend also will bea special time for alumniwith Reunion 2010. Grad-uates from class years end-ing in “5” or “0” will behonored this year. Otherevents include the annualReunion Banquet at theHyatt Regency Atlanta onSaturday, May 15; the class

of 1960 will be honored dur-ing this year’s Golden TigersBreakfast on Saturday, May15, and the President’s Wel-come Luncheon on Friday,May 14.

The Rev. Charles E.Booth, senior pastor ofMount Olivet BaptistChurch in Columbus, Ohio,will deliver the keynoteaddress for the baccalaure-ate service in the MartinLuther King Jr. Inter-national Chapel at 3 p.m.on May 15.

Go to page 8 to view the fullCommencement/Reunioncalendar of events or go to

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to Deliver Keynote Address to Class of 2010By AADD SSEYMOUR JJR.

Alton Hornsby ’61 sat backand listened inside a Brawley Hallclassroom in April while nines tudent s deba ted Loui sArmstrong’s place in history.Passionately, they exchangedwell-thought out opinions.

It was exactly what Hornsbywanted to hear. The way hetaught the “Great Men andWomen of America” course hasbecome legendary for those braveenough to endure the hours ofpreparation for his class.

“There was certainly a reputa-tion and mystique to this class,”remembered Courtney Gober ’00,who is now a high school princi-

pal in Plano, Texas. “Every classalways turned into a very heateddebate that Dr. Hornsby facilitat-ed and tried not to impose hisopinions until the very end whenhe’d summarize and provide usvital guidance.”

The Armstrong debate wasone of the last of Hornsby as a professor as after 42 years at Morehouse, he has decided to retire. He is leaving the place where he studied historyand spent the bulk of his aca-demic career.

“I knew that I would beginmy career at Morehouse and endit here,” Hornsby said. “I’m com-

mitted to the mission of thisinstitution. Some people thinkthe mission has changed, but Ithink the basic mission of theCollege – to produce black lead-ers with a focus on the AfricanAmerican heritage with ethicalconduct – I think that stands andI support those principles.”

Hornsby graduated fromMorehouse in 1961 and thenearned his master’s and doctoraldegrees from the University ofTexas at Austin. He began teach-ing at Tuskegee Institute in 1962and joined the Morehouse facul-ty in 1968.

President Hugh M. Gloster ’31appointed him chairman of thehistory department in 1971. Inwhat is believed to be the longesttenure for any departmental chairat an American college or univer-sity, Hornsby served for 30 years.

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hen the College cele-brated its 143rdFounder’s Day this

year, it was a time when we, theMorehouse community, revi-ewed the College’s past. Since lastfall, I have had the pleasure ofsetting up the MorehouseCollege Archives located in thenew Welcome Center. The on-campus repository contains inone place hundreds of boxes ofhistorical documents, thousandsof photographs, textiles, filmfootage and video and artifactsthat document the College’s his-tory since the late 1880s. Theseitems currently are beingprocessed to make available tothe academic community. When I returned to More-

house in 2003 (I previouslytaught in the History depart-ment in the 1990s), it was a con-sensus that the College neededits own campus archives to doc-ument Morehouse’s rich historyand supplement the personalcollection of papers of some ofthe stalwart Morehouse facultyat the Robert W. WoodruffLibrary. Since that time, I havehad the wonderful task of creat-ing several exhibits (MartinLuther King Jr. in the AfricanAmerican Hall of Fame, “Crowns

and Gowns: The Legacy of MissMaroon and White,” and thepermanent exhibit in DouglassHall), as well as gathering thephysical remnants of theCollege’s history from myriadplaces, including an orchestrapit, the cold and damp base-ments of Graves and Perduehalls, and college-owned houseswhere other items were stored.Before President Walter E.Massey ‘58 retired, we packedmore than 40 boxes of his papersand artifacts, waiting to beprocessed. Now, seven yearslater, they are being used on alimited basis by scholars, doctor-al students, faculty members andstudents, including members ofthe Torch and Maroon Tigerstaffs.With the sesquicentennial

celebration (150th) just sevenyears away, folks will be askinghow has this small, liberal artscollege sustained itself to becomeone of the most prominent insti-tutions for the education ofAfrican American men. Newbooks will be written, documen-taries and exhibits produced andthe intellectual conversations ofMorehouse’s triumph and chal-lenges will be examined. TheCollege archives should be at the

center of these exciting projects.I believe that there will be anawakening of the Morehousespirit. While Founder’s Day is a

once-a-year celebration, I amblessed to walk in and hear thevoice of William Jefferson Whiteand be reminded of the strugglesand successes of Morehouse’spresidents: Graves, Roberts, Sale,Hope, Mays, Gloster, Keith,Massey and our current presi-dent, Robert M. Franklin.President Franklin, a student ofhistory, also understands theimportance of the College

archives as we document theRenaissance era. Every great lib-eral arts institution has a collegearchives for it is in the spirit ofthe National Archives that weunderstand that “the past isindeed prologue.” For me, as theMore-house College archivist,every day is Founders Day.

Herman “Skip” Mason is the CollegeArchivist and Director of theLearning Resource Center. He canbe reached at (404) 681-5536, at [email protected] or in isoffice in Room 104 in the WelcomeCenter by appointment only.

‘For Me…Every Day is Founder’s Day’By HERMAN “SKIP” MASON

A Discourse on My Impressions of MorehouseBy CEDRICK SHELTON ’10


he trials of the real world fora man of Morehouse canwear down the strongest

brother, but every time I have vis-ited More-house to address mydesires to graduate, I am over-whelmed and comforted by thesense of family and brotherhood.

In the faculty, staff, and student

body of Morehouse, I have foundthe sense of mentorship, supportand brotherhood that I havesearched and longed for my wholelife. I cannot walk on campus orstand in a single door withoutbeing accosted by someone inter-ested in my endeavors and support-ive of my progress. I have been on

several campuses and consideredmatriculating somewhere else;however, something within mewould become unsettled at the verythought for there is no place in theworld like Morehouse and there isno other institution of higherlearning that I would be moreproud to graduate.

Today, as I stepped onto thecampus wrestling with the windand rain, I heard the bell beforeKing Chapel and felt it tolling forme. I felt the call of leadership,service and now renaissance that Ionce heard as a freshman. In everystep toward Gloster Hall, I felt thethunder of ‘Welcome to the House’that echoed in the hallowed halls ofNew Student Orientation, callingme home.

I heard the chimes of “Dear,Old Morehouse” and could feel inmy heart the bond of brotherhoodin the locked arms of brothersswaying in the processions ofCrown Forum and knew that everystruggle I faced here as a studentprepared me as a man to face thechallenges of the world.

I can say these things becauseattending Morehouse means some-thing to the world, for everyone I

have met beyond campus speakshighly of every relative, friend, andacquaintance they know fromMorehouse. And regardless of class,rank or major, they ask me, “Do Iknow him?” because the worldviews Morehouse as one contigu-ous community and family. And bythe association of excellence andgreatness, people naturally expectus all to know each other.

I can say these things becausebearing the insignia of a More-house graduate as the first malecollege graduate in my familymeans something to me. It meansthat I have fulfilled the dreams andhopes of my community and fami-ly, and that the only limit to oppor-tunity is the reach of my arms.

I can say these things becausethis day marks the end of a finalchapter that will open greater doorsfor me on the journey I began somany years ago. As I submitted myapplication for graduation, I trulyfelt Morehouse raising the bell andthe crown of excellence for me.

Cedrick Shelton is a senior sociologymajor who is graduating in May2010.




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Ebenezer Aka Jr., professor and director of the Urban Studies program, published

the article, “Gentrification and Socioeconomic Impacts of Neighborhood

Integration and Diversification in Atlanta, Georgia,” in the National Social Science

Journal, 2010, Vol. 35, #1.

Melissa P. Bailey, administrative assistant in Alumni Relations, Special Events and

Annual Giving Programs, graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in busi-

ness management from Shorter College on May 8.

Abdelkrim Brania, associate professor of mathematics, and John Merkel, pro-

fessor of mathematics, published the article, “Calculus I Modules,” in

Progressions: Progressions: The Peer-Led Team Learning Project Newsletter,

Volume 11, Number 2, Winter edition.

Robert M. Franklin ’75, president, has been appointed to the Historically Black

Colleges and Universities Capital Financing Advisory Board by U.S. Secretary of

Education Arne Duncan. Franklin also was named 2010 Alumnus of the Year by

the University of Chicago Divinity School, joining former president Benjamin E.

Mays who received the same honor 51 years ago.

Alton Hornsby Jr ’61, the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of history, was presented

the Trailblazer Award at the 75th Anniversary meeting of the Association of Social

and Behavioral Scientists in Charlotte, N.C. on March 16. Hornsby was cited for

his long and distinguished career as a professor and mentor and for his record of

scholarship and service. ASBS is the second oldest African American scholarly


Kai Jackson Issa, managing editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project, was

named a visiting scholar of the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University

for the 2010-11 academic year. During her residency, Jackson Issa will complete a

book on Sue Bailey Thurman, the wife of theologian Howard Thurman '23.

Bryant Marks ’94, associate professor of psychology, was a featured speaker

during the April 29-30 “A Dream Deferred: The Future of African American

Education” national conference, hosted by Morehouse and Spelman colleges.

Marks also was part of an April 2010 story in Black Enterprise magazine about

graduation rates of black men.

Terry Mills, dean of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, gave the

keynote address at the University of Colorado Medical Center’s annual confer-

ence on health disparities and health equities.

Ron Thomas, director of the Journalism and Sports Program, was a panelist for a

May 1 discussion, “Before Mayweather vs. Mosley: Tiger Flowers and the Racial

Politics in Early 20th Century Atlanta,” at Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue Research

Center Library on African American Culture and History.

Henrietta Yang, director of the Chinese and Middle Eastern Studies program,

gave a presentation titled “How to Effectively Design Interactive Teaching

Materials” at the 2010 International Conference on Applied Linquistics &

Language Teaching at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology,

April 15-17. Yang also gave the presentation “Business Chinese 101: What Should

Be Included and How to Teach It” at the Tri-Annual Business Chinese Workshop

in Ann Arbor, Mich., March 20.

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Send all nominations to the Office of Human Resources,

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Stafford Addresses Georgia Legislature


New Hires

Vince Baskerville, Multimedia Developer, Communications

Satyn Geary, Prospect Researcher, Institutional Advancement

Gail Scott, Gift Processor, Institutional Advancement

Samantha Stewart, Administrative Assistant III, Leadership Center

Julius Coles, Director, Andrew Young Center for International

Affairs Office

Leah Mickens, Processing Archivist, Archives, Museums and Library

Rosemary Davis, Administrative Assistant II, Academic Affairs

Shanee Monroe, Administrative Assistant III, Office of the President

Weldon Jackson, Provost/Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

Crystal James, Research Coordinator, Public Health Science Office

Haydonnis Smith, Assistant Registrar, Registrar’s Office

Nector Charles, Security Officer, Campus Police

Vincent Edwards, Security Officer, Campus Police

Willie Hightower, Lieutenant, Campus Police

Kimberly Jordan, Security Officer, Campus Police

Santos Lopez, Security Officer, Campus Police

Alphonso McDonald, Security Officer, Campus Police

Robert Mix, Security Officer, Campus Police

Markus Moore, Police Officer, Campus Police

David Palmer, Police Officer, Campus Police

Barton Wade, Police Officer, Campus Police

Alvin Wright, Security Officer, Campus Police

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ichael Battle Sr., ambas-sador to the U.S. Mis-sion to the African

Union, said African Americanscan show their support forAfrica’s economic growth anddevelopment by investing in thecontinent.

“Partnership and investmentare the future of the African con-tinent,” Battle said during hisApril 26 speech in the ExecutiveConference Center’s Bank ofAmerica Auditorium. “No onecan block you now. The time isnow for us to engage on theAfrican continent in order tomake a difference.”

Battle, a former president ofthe Interdenominational Theo-logical Seminary, has beenambassador since Sept. 2009when he was appointed byPresident Barack Obama. Basedin Ethiopia, he represents U.S.

interests in relations with theAfrican Union.

The African Union encour-ages unity, coordinates coopera-tion for development, and safe-guards the sovereignty and terri-torial integrity of African states.It also promotes internationalcooperation within the frame-work of the United Nations.

“With the African Union, theUnited States focuses on the needto strengthen the capacity ofAfrica to take control of its owndestiny,” Battle said during histalk as part of the LeadershipLecture Series. “For this reason,there is a heightened respect forthe need for investment in Africaand partnership with Africa.

“It is our goal to make surethat the African continent is rep-resented at every table when deci-sions are made,” he added.

Ambassador Michael Battle Sr. UrgesAfrican Americans to Invest in AfricaBy AADD SSEYMOUR JJR.

Morehouse Staff to Get ThreePercent Raise In July

Morehouse staff membersapplauded when PresidentRobert M. Franklin ’75 toldduring the Spring SemesterCampus Wide Staff Meetingthat the College would not needto furlough employees, as otherinstitutions have been forced toduring the current nationalfinancial downturn.

But they got a bit of evenbetter news: a higher thanexpected number of studentsfor the Fall and Spring semes-ters, along with the College’soverall strong financial strategy,has allowed for the implemen-tation of three percent raises,effective July 1, Franklin said.

Free Parking on West End Endsas City Adds Parking Meters

As of May 1, parking alongWest End Avenue will not befree anymore. The city ofAtlanta has installed new park-ing meters on the street run-ning behind the Lead-ershipCenter and B.T. HarveyStadium, from Westview Driveto Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard.

It is part of an overall strat-egy by Atlanta officials to addmore parking meters aroundthe city as a way of raisingadditional revenue for thecash-strapped city. Parkingmeters have also been installedalong other arteries in the WestEnd area.

Meters will operate 24hours each day, except forSunday.

Purvis Young, Artist of Exhibitin African American Hall ofFame, Dies

The gritty Miami neigh-

borhoods where Purvis Young

lived became the tools and can-

vas that propelled his art to

world-wide acclaim. An old

swath of carpet. A slab of

wood. A rusted piece of metal.

They all combined with the

colorful earth tones that char-

acterized Young’s portraits of

African Amer-ican life to hang

in some of the world’s finest


Young passed away at the

age of 67 on April 20 after a

long battle with diabetes and

other ailments.

His connection to More-

house comes through the

Rubell Family Collection

which in August 2008 donated

to the College what is the

largest collection of Young’s

work outside of Miami, 109

pieces worth a total of more

than $1 million. The collection

is displayed in the African

American Hall of Fame.


A large, yet orderly studentprotest over issues such asimproving customer service,enhancing the operation of theJames B. Ellison College Infirmaryand re-initiating summer com-mencement services, ended withapplause for President Robert M.Franklin ’75 as he promised tolook into their concerns.

In fact, Franklin and membersof the Morehouse College Boardof Trustees were impressed by thestudents’ respectful and organizedexpression of their concerns.

“You stepped forward todayand gave us confidence that youhave moved the movement for-ward,” Franklin said to approxi-

mately 400 students, locked arm-in-arm in silence outside of theExecutive Conference Centerwhere the Board of Trustees weremeeting on April 23.

“These aren’t new [issues],” hesaid. “They are being examinedand worked on.”

Six areas of concern (improv-ing services at Douglass Hall,adding a way to collect and trackstudent concerns and implement-ing a four-hour credit system werethe other three) were listed onfliers students passed aroundcampus earlier in the day.

By 3 p.m., students were gath-ering on the Century Campus.They then lined up in rows of two

and marched through campus.Many of them wore maroonMorehouse blazers.

After stopping at the gates ofcampus between Brawley andWheeler halls, they silentlyparaded, arm-in-arm to theExecutive Conference Center.Upon arrival, they stood outsideof the parking lot along WelbornStreet, not mumbling a word.

Inside, student Trustee mem-bers made the case for other menof Morehouse.

Many board members joinedFranklin and other administra-tors outside.

“The challenge for us rightnow is no one has infiniteresources and the College isstressed on many fronts,” saidTrustee Chuck James ’81. “Butwe do want to make sure thebasic needs of students are met.We listened.”

Student Government Assoca-tion President Adam McFarlandsaid, “We gathered. We came for-ward. We got results.”

Peaceful Student Protest Gets Administrators’Promise to Address Concerns

Eight Morehouse seniors will

head to classrooms around

the nation this fall as part of

the Teach for America, pro-

gram that matches recent col-

lege graduates of all disci-

plines with public schools in

low-income urban and rural

areas. The teachers, or corps

members, commit to two years

in the classroom and then are

expected to become leaders in

their respective fields with a

stronger awareness of the

importance of equity in the

nation’s educational system,

across economic levels.

The eight members of the

class of 2010 who will be

teaching this fall, their majors

and their hometowns, are:

- Brendan Hudson, sociology, Bear, Del.,

- Warren Chancellor, mathematics,

Greenville, S.C.

- Lendel Marshall, sociology, Elmsford, N.Y.

- Najee Johnson, economics, Memphis, Tenn.

- David Hardin Jr., Spanish and political

science, Duluth, Ga.

- Aaron Campbell, political science,

Virginia Beach, Va.

- Phillip Gordon, biology, Macon, Ga.

- Adam McFarland, biology, Keithville, La.

Eight GraduatingSeniors to BecomeTeach for AmericaInstructors This Fall


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“Al was never heavy hand-ed with making points in dis-cussions,” said Willis Sheftall’64, an economics professorand former provost. “Hispoints always had a degree ofsubtlety that required you tothink a little bit and also creat-ed situations where the ‘A-hamoment’ came a little bit afterhe made his point. That’s notjust a strategy he uses with hisstudents. That’s a strategy heuses with talking with people,period.”

While Hornsby leaves theclassroom behind, he will con-tinue his history research andwriting. Hornsby is the authorof 18 books and numerousarticles about black history inthe South, particularly in hishometown of Atlanta. He hastwo projects on the horizon,one a look at African Ame-ricans in the post-emancipa-tion South and another as edi-tor of a state-by-state encyclo-pedia of black America.

“I’m going to continue toresearch and write books,”Hornsby said with a laugh.

“Otherwise, I’d fade away ifI stay in a rocking chair.”

Quotable Quotes from 2009 -2010

“All of us, not some of us, must accept our collective responsibility for transforming our institutions into not just places where we celebrate our heritage, but also places where we embrace the present with boldness anddetermination.”

– Michael Lomax ’68, president and CEO, UNCF, Feb. 11, Founder’s Day Convocation

“Research is critical and it is important to share your honest opinion. Andknow the facts. A lot of people in the media are just guys. They don’t knowthe game. They just talk. So it’s important to have the facts.”

– Chris Webber, former NBA star, Feb. 3, lecture to Journalism and Sports students

“Teaching entrepreneurship isn’t going to just benefit the students here atMorehouse. It’s going to radiate outward to create positive social change inAfrican American communities because there is no better vehicle for jobcreation in America than entrepreneurship.”

– Gary Locke, secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce, Feb. 19 speech to Morehouse business professors and students

“There are a lot of musicians who are eliminated because of the technolo-gy. It’s unfortunate because I think there will not be as many creativemusicians. It seems as though [technology] is going to eliminate some ofthem. That’s unfortunate.”

– Roy Ayers, legendary jazz/R&B musician, Oct. 23, Homecoming Alumni Arts Panel

“The partnership of blacks and Jews brought about many of the greatestsocial and political changes in the history of our nation. And yet I believethat the greatest legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is that he understoodthat a people who fight for their own rights are only as honorable whenthey fight for the rights of all people.”

– Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Jan. 14, Martin Luther King Jr. Crown Forum

“Engage yourself here in not only the Morehouse community, but also inthe larger community.”

– Harold Ford Jr., chairman, Democratic Leadership Council, Sept. 28, Conversation on Leadership

“When your time comes, we want each of you to remember that you havepledged your life to this institution and its ideals, in all things that you do,and answer your call to serve.”

– Jeh Johnson ’79, general counsel, U.S. Department of Defense, Oct. 22, Homecoming Crown Forum

“You must come and take your rightful place at the table – the communitytable. You must come…You are able. The question this morning is, are youwilling?”

– Judge Glenda Hatchett, host, “The Glenda Hatchett Show,” Oct. 8, Crown Forum

“We had to help ourselves to become un-brainwashed and to understandthat we had to really look at how we were not given access to those wonder-ful documents that this country was founded on.”

– Dorothy Cotton, veteran civil rights worker, Oct. 21, speech to Morehouse King History students

“We saw all the people and the buildings were down. It was very horrible.It was like, ‘We need to do something. They need our help.’”

– Fifth grader Brianna Perry who helped lead Carter G. Woodson ElementarySchool students in a drive to raise $1,000 for the Morehouse College Haitian Relief Effort

From a former NBA star to a veteran civil rights worker, campus guests shared their unique perspectives with the Morehousecommunity throughout the 2009-10 academic year. One lauded the way Morehouse teaches entrepreneurship, another talkedabout technology’s effect on music, yet another talked about why the civil rights movement was important. Their advice, albeiton different subject matters, encouraged our ongoing pursuit of building the beloved community.

Michael Lomax ’68

Gary Locke

Rabbi Marc Schneier

Jeh Johnson ’79

Dorothy Cotton

Chris Webber

Roy Ayers

Harold Ford Jr.

Judge Glenda Hatchett

Brianna Perry, (second from left) and Carter G. Woodson students with CFO Gwen Sykes

Hornsby Retires(continues from page 1)



1968 – The year Hornsby started

at Morehouse, 1968, was full of

historic happenings with the

unrest of the Democratic National

Convention and the deaths of

Martin Luther King Jr. ’48 and

Robert F. Kennedy.

1961 – Hornsby graduated from


42 – Hornsby has been teaching

at Morehouse for 42 years.

25 – For 25 years, Hornsby was

the editor of the Journal of Negro


18 – Telling the stories of the his-

tory of African Americans in the

South, and particularly in Atlanta,

Hornsby has written 18 books.

2 – Forthcoming works from

Hornsby includes writing the

book African Americans in thePost-Emancipation South: TheOutsiders’ View and serving as

editor in chief of the book BlackAmerica: A State By StateEncyclopedia.

1 – Hornsby’s 30-year tenure

as History department chair is

believed to rank as the

longest in American colleges

and universities.





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Coming back to Morehouseafter eight years in Washington,D.C. and regularly traveling theworld was an easy decision forJulius E. Coles ’64.

He made huge contributions tothe nation’s ties to Africa as presi-dent of Africare, managing a $60-million budget and 1,200 employ-ees spread out over 23 countries.But returning to his alma mater towork with students as director ofGlobal Education and the AndrewYoung Center for InternationalAffairs was a job he could not resist.

“I think it is a wonderful oppor-tunity to add to the globalization ofthe College and the global experi-ence of our students so they canbecome successful leaders in theglobal community,” Coles said.Coles served as the first director ofthe Andrew Young Center forInternational Affairs from 1997until 2002 when joined Africare.He also had been the director ofHoward University’s Ralph J.Bunche International AffairsCenter from 1994 to 1997.

“Morehouse is honored andpleased to welcome Alumnus Colesback to the senior leadership team,”said President Robert M. Franklin’75. “His experience and accom-plishments as president of Africarewill serve our students immeasur-ably in becoming what Julius hasalways promoted and modeled, aRenaissance man with social con-science and global perspective.”

Most of Coles’ distinguishedcareer – 28 years – has been spent

in Foreign Service as a senior offi-cial with the United States Agencyfor International Development(USAID). Coles was the missiondirector in Swaziland and Senegalwhile also serving in Vietnam,Morocco, Liberia, Nepal andWashington, D.C.

He has received numeroushonors and awards over the years,including the 2009 Princeton-in-Africa Lifetime AchievementAward, the 2006 MorehouseCollege National Alumnus of theYear award and was decorated bySenegal President Abdou Diouf asCommander in the Order of theLion in 1994. This past spring,Coles was honored during the “ACandle in the Dark” gala as aBennie Award recipient forachievement.

His focus will now be onensuring that men of Morehouse

become well-traveled and obtain atrue global perspective.

“We have 150 students study-ing abroad and approximately 300with some sort of short terminternational experience,” Colessaid. “I would like to boost thatnumber to 500 and eventuallyincrease that number to a third ofthe student body.”Coles also hopes to increase thenumber of languages that aretaught, further building theChinese and Middle EasternStudies program, adding moreemphasis on African andCaribbean studies and increasingthe number of foreign students atMorehouse.But right now, he ishappy to be back at the College.“It feels great to be back,” Colessaid.“When I look at my final yearson Earth, I can’t think of any betterplace to be than here.”

Spelman Junior Micki Jackson (center) was chosen Miss Maroon and White2010-11 during the annual pageant on April 23 in the Martin Luther King Jr.International Chapel. Junior Jasmine Sadat (left) is the first attendant and jun-ior Maya Smith (right) is the second attendant.


Julius Coles ’64 Returns and Looks toFurther Internationalize Morehouse Miss Maroon and White 2010-11


Julius Coles ’64

From its new furnishings to itscutting-edge technologies anddiverse group study and meetingspaces, the newly renovatedAtlanta University Center RobertW. Woodruff Library is designedspecifically to meet the needs ofAUC faculty, students and staff.

With the input and approval ofMorehouse College, Clark AtlantaUniversity, Spelman College andthe Interdenominational The-ological Center, the AUC Wood-ruff Library began a constructionand renovation project in May2009. The project encompasses thetotal reconstruction of the Lib-rary’s main level, and major renova-tions to its upper and lower levels.

The first completed stage ofthe renovated main level openedin January, featuring warm colors,open spaces, modern lighting andglass panels. Faculty, students and

staff can also use the “WOODILearning Center” with new fea-tures, including:• Colorful, contemporary and

comfortable seating options• Additional group study and

meeting rooms • Four new high-tech classrooms • Additional power and connec-

tivity for laptop computing• “Technology Design Studio”

with several MACs, fully outfit-ted video and audio editing rooms, and presentation pract-ice rooms

• In-house coffee counter will open for business, serving pre- mium coffees, pastries, cold sandwiches and salads that will open in August 2010.

Faculty and staff, as well as stu-dents, can reserve group studyrooms for meetings or seminars.In addition, high-tech classrooms

can be reserved on a short-termbasis for technology-infused class-room instruction, or professionaldevelopment workshops. By con-struction’s end in May, there willalso be a new General ReadingRoom for quiet study, newGraduate Study Suite, and a totallyredesigned Archives ResearchCenter reading room for research-ing the AUC’s historical treasures.

A ribbon cutting and studentcelebration commemorating thesuccessful completion of Phase Irenovation is planned for Fall2010. View the AUC WoodruffLibrary’s renovation web site ion-site/index.asp for more informa-tion on the “WOODI LearningCommons,” other soon-to-becompleted improvements andupcoming renovation celebrationactivities.





Library Redesigned with AUC Community in Mind

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SIAC CHAMPIONS!Track and Field and Tennis Teams Win Conference Tournament Titles

Morehouse’s Ramone Harewood Headed to the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens

The streak of success for theMorehouse tennis and track andfield teams continued this year as both won 2010 SouthernIntercollegiate Athletic Conf-erence titles.

The host Maroon Tigers ten-nis team, seeded second headedinto the SIAC men’s tennis cham-pionships, won its second straightSIAC title behind Tony Martin,Ben Seagle and Dewain Dixon. Allthree won their singles matcheswhile Martin and Seagle won thedoubles title.

Martin was named the tour-nament’s most valuable player andwas joined by Seagle on the All-Conference first team. Together,Martin and Seagle were named tothe All-Conference doubles team.

The Flying Maroon Tigerstrack and field team won its fifthconsecutive conference title dur-ing the SIAC Championships atB.T. Harvey Stadium/EdwinMoses Track.

The host Maroon Tigers fin-ished with 231 points in winningthe College’s 16th conferencetrack and field championship.Benedict College was second with156 points while Albany State wasthird with 146 points.

Matt Tuffuor won the javelinthrow, finished second in thedecathlon and discus and fourth

in the shot put. Karlton Mitchellwon the 3,000-meter steeplechaseand finished second in 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter runs.Dreyfus Clemmons won the1,500-meter race, was second inthe 800-meter and sixth in the3,000-meter steeplechase. JeremyTinsley won the 800-meter run.

The winner in the high jumpwas Justin Oliver, who also fin-ished third in the javelin. JoshuaRamseur took the hammer throw,while LeMario Bland topped the100-meter dash and finishedfourth in the 200-meter run.Turner Coggins won the shot put,

finished fourth in the hammerthrow and fifth in the discus.

Abraham Kiprotich finishedsecond in the 10,000-meter runand fourth in the 5,000-meter run.

Clemmons, Coggins, Tuffuor,Ramseur, joined ChevonCunningham, Michael Vinsonand Khiry Lee on the SIAC firstteam All-Conference squad.Tinsley, Mitchell, Tony Reynoldsand Barry Batson were secondteam picks.

Bland, Tuffour and WilliamPayne were named to the SIAC’sAll-Academic Track and FieldTeam.

Led by Olajuwon Ajanakuand Bryan McElderry, theMorehouse Maroon Tigershave become back-to-backgolf champions after winningthe 2010 Southern Interco-llegiate Athletic Conferencegolf tournament title inApril.

Ajanaku, a junior, andMcElderry, a sophomore, tiedfor the top spot, shooting athree-day total of 225, whichwas nine over par and sevenshots ahead of the next com-petitor. In fact, the top fivefinishers were Maroon Tigers.

Junior Philip Allen, lastseason’s top golfer in theSIAC tournament, finishedthird, followed by sophomoreThaddeus Hill and EarlCooper.

Maroon Tigers Win SecondConsecutive SIAC Golf Championship

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Ramone Harewood bent down in a three-point stance while a coach for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravenspointed at some chairs placed in front of the two outside the Morehouse football offices in late April.

The two were getting in some extra work before Harewood, the team’s sixth round draft pick in the 2010NFL Draft, heads to the Ravens’three-day rookie camp begin-ning on June 16.

Harewood, a 6’ 6,” 340-pound offensive tackle, who willwear number 78 for the Ravens,wasn’t a nationally-knownprospect. But NFL scouts wereon campus throughout the falland spring to get a look atHarewood, who impressedthem with his size, strength,intelligence and quick feet.

An Engineering major,Harewood was a two-time All-Southern Intercollegiate Ath-letic Conference pick and wasone of the top players inDivision II.

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FRIDAY, MAY 148:30 – 10 a.m. – Golden Tigers Breakfast (50-Year Alumni),

Douglass Hall10 a.m. – Noon – Reunion Registration, Kilgore Campus Center10 a.m. – Noon – Reunion Panel Discussions, Various Locations10 a.m.-Noon – Individual Candidate Photos Taken, Lobby of

the Martin Luther King International Chapel1 p.m. – Group Photo, B.T. Harvey Stadium2 p.m. – Mandatory Baccalaureate and Commencement

Rehearsal, King Chapel2 p.m. – National Alumni Association General Body

Meeting, Sale Hall, Chapel of the Inward Journey4 p.m. – Rite of Passage Ceremony (New Alumni Induction),

King Chapel5 p.m. – Senior Reception, Kilgore Campus Center6 p.m. – Morehouse-Spelman Joint Mixer, Ritz Carlton

Atlanta, Peachtree Street N.E., Atlanta, GA 30303

SATURDAY, MAY 158:30 a.m. – Reunion Registration, Kilgore Campus Center9 – 10:30 a.m. – Reunion Panel Discussions, Various Locations10 – 11 a.m. – Class Agents Meetings, Kilgore Campus Center11 – 1:30 p.m. – Class Reunion and Fundraising Meetings:

1935 – Kilgore Campus Center, Lounge1940 – Kilgore Campus Center, Lounge1945 – Kilgore Campus Center, South Lounge1950 – Kilgore Campus Center, Snack Bar1955 – Kilgore Campus Center, 1st Floor1960 – Kilgore Campus Center, Seminar Room1965 – Kilgore Campus Center, President’s

Dining Room1970 – Sale Hall, Classroom 1091975 – Merrill Hall, Henderson Lounge1980 – Nabrit-Mapp-McBay Hall, Lecture Room 11985 – Nabrit-Mapp-McBay Hall, Lecture Room 21990 – Sale Hall, Chapel of the Inward Journey1995 – Sale Hall, Classroom 1052000 – Sale Hall, Classroom 1072005 – Sale Hall, Classroom 106

Noon-1:30 p.m – Class Photo, Steps of Kilgore Campus CenterNoon- 2 p.m. – Distribution of Reserved Commencement

Seating Tickets, Sale HallNoon-2:30 p.m. – Reunion Cookout, Kilgore Campus Center1:30 p.m – John Hope and Benjamin E. Mays Memorial

Gravesite Service Honoring Deceased Alumni

Over the Past Year, Hope and Mays gravesites2:15 p.m. – Candidates Line Up for Baccalaureate Service,

Front of Nabrit-Mapp-McBay Hall3 p.m. – Baccalaureate Service, King Chapel6:30 p.m. – Alumni Reunion Cocktails, Hyatt Regency

Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

7 p.m. – Alumni Reunion Banquet, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

SUNDAY, MAY 165:45 a.m. – Candidates Report for Final Commencement

Instructions, King Chapel6:45 a.m. – Candidates Line Up for Commencement,

King Chapel6:45 a.m. – Alumni Corridor Formation (With Maroon

Blazer and Hat), Campus Gate Entrance at Brawley Hall

7:30 a.m. – Processional Begins from King Chapel8 a.m. – Commencement, Century Campusl

What I Do“As the associate director of AlumniRelations, my primary role is to connect theCollege with the more than 11,000 alumniaround the world. Along with the team inAlumni Relations, I develop and implementprograms and events that engage alumni withthe College. One of these events is the annualHomecoming festivities each fall. I alongwith other staff members; design, plan, andexecute the layout and events duringHomecoming week.

We also create and manage diverse fund-raising activities for alumni to donate back tothe institution and manage the alumni por-tion of the capital campaign. I am responsiblefor fundraising initiatives focused on younger

alumni (graduates between 1990 and 2010). Ialso serve as the co-adviser to the MorehouseCollege Pre-Alumni Association, which focus-es on leadership development, fund raising,and student-alumni interaction. The Pre-Alumni Association serves as the conduitbetween alumni and students.

After receiving my MBA in summer of 2008,I decided to pursue a career in higher educa-tion. It is an honor to work for my alma mater.Having an impact on the lives of youngAfrican American men makes this a vocationor a calling and not a job.”

Name: Damon L. Phillips ’96

Title: Associate Director ofAlumni Relations, SpecialEvents and Annual GivingPrograms

Tenure at Morehouse:9 months

Hometown: Detroit,Michigan

Something not commonlyknown about Damon:Damon likes to write and is inthe process of writing a bookand a play.