INSIDE THE HOUSE
Jeh Johnson ’79: “Protesting Is Good, Finding Solutions Is Better” CROWN FORUM
MAKING THE GRADE Morehouse Gets High Marks in Recent Rankings AMONG TOP HBCUS
Jeh Johnson ’79 (center) with President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79 (right) and David Wall Rice ’95 (left) By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
PROTESTING AGAINST the ills that face African Americans is fine, said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson ’79, but it is more important to follow up with solutions. “Whether it’s Black Lives Matter or any other movement to bring about social change …, it’s got to have two components,” Johnson explained. “First protest—peaceful, civil, obedient protest—to highlight an issue through a number of ways in a democracy that’s available to citizens.” Second, Johnson said, you must bring about change in a constructive manner that engages the political process. “That is actually the harder part of a movement,” he said. Johnson was participating in a discussion with his classmate, President John Silvanus Wilson ’79, and moderator Associate Provost David Wall Rice ’95 during the Aug. 25, 2016, Crown Forum in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. Johnson and Wilson drew parallels
between growing up in the 1970s, when black activism was extremely popular, and today’s movements. Wilson said he likely would have been involved in the Black Lives Matter movement as a student. But, he added, there is something just as important to consider in standing up against the injustices that black males face: pursuing your education. “Being out there protesting is a healthy thing to do,” he said. “But you still have to do well in the classroom. You still have to stay ambitious and go to graduate school and make your way up the ladder, because you will be a greater force for good than you can ever be in the streets working out that energy. You have to see the big picture. “You need to find among you strategic thinkers in how to engage the political process,” he continued. “Anger gets you a third of the way to what you want to achieve. And then there’s that other two-thirds that is necessary to bring about the change.” n
The U.S. News & World Report has again named the College among the nation’s top historically black colleges and universities. Morehouse is ranked fourth in the magazine’s annual 2017 Best Colleges issue. HBCUs are ranked according to their strengths in six categories: assessment by administrators at peer institutions; student retention; faculty resources, student selectivity; financial resources; and annual giving. The College has been named in the top five for each of the 10 years that U.S. News & World Report has ranked HBCUs. The magazine has also ranked Morehouse among the nation’s best national liberal arts colleges. To view a full listing, visit http://colleges.usnews. rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/hbcu.
AMONG TOP HBCUs FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS Morehouse moved from a sixth-place spot last year to be ranked fourth among the nation’s 107 HBCUs, according to College Choice’s 2016 HBCU rankings. College Choice is an independent, online publication that helps students and their parents find the right college through its postings of rankings and reviews. The rankings are based on factors that college freshmen indicated were important to their college choice, such as academic reputation, financial aid offers, overall cost and success of graduates in the post-college job market. For the entire list, visit http://www.collegechoice.net/ rankings/best-historically-black-colleges-universities/.
ONE OF GEORGIA’S SAFEST COLLEGES
Salute to Excellence MOREHOUSE HAS OPENED a new Military Center of Excellence located in White Hall. The center provides office space for ROTC military staff; residence space for midshipmen, cadets and military-affiliated students; a computer lab; and a lounge. Pictured during the ribbon-cutting on Aug. 31, 2016, are
(l-r) Rear Admiral Stephen C. Evans, commander, Naval Service Training Command; President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79; and Navy Captain Baron V. Reinhold, commanding officer, NROTC Atlanta Consortium.
Morehouse is one of the safest colleges in Georgia for 2016, according to BackgroundChecks,org, a public safety-focused organization committed to fostering public safety, community involvement, transparent government and education. The organization combined data from recent U.S. Department of Education reports, natural language analysis, social media sentiment analysis and its own research to create the list. Morehouse was ranked 34 in the list of Georgia colleges and universities.
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