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NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

“Accountability Is the Blessing of Duty”

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s I started my day on Monday morning, April 4, 2016, I did not have a good feeling about it. Of course, I had concerns about the results of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association’s national election, but there was something else that I just could not get my hands on. As I went through the hospitals that day, it appeared to me that there was a reminder that Monday was the 4th of April everywhere I went. Arriving in my office and walking past my picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ’48, I immediately realized that 48 years ago on that day Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. As a freshman, I viewed Dr. King’s remains as he lay in repose in Sisters Chapel on Spelman’s campus one morning around 3 a.m. Confused, angry and struggling with my emotions as I walked back to Graves Hall, I decided that morning that I would make my life count for something—just as Brother King did. I find it ironic that 48 years later, on the day the greatest alumnus of Morehouse College was taken from us and I made that personal commitment, I was elected president of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association. Over the years, I have come to know that men of Morehouse and Morehouse Men are bonded by gender, race, culture, society, spirit and institutional brotherhood. Those bonds have been the air beneath the greatness of Morehouse. We cannot, and will not, let it pass away. As we look toward the future, the world teaches us that influence is a pleasing consequence of affordability and investment. If our Alumni Associations’ constitutional mission is to foster, advance and support the interest and welfare of Morehouse College in accordance with its ideals, principles and traditions, I am not sure our investments meet the level of our desired influence. President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79, students, faculty, staff and alumni community, if Morehouse is to maintain its greatness and move to a higher level of worldly influence, we must come together in commitment that each of us will account for something for the betterment of Morehouse College and its Alumni Association. We all know that accountability is the blessing of duty, responsibility and commitment. There has to be a respecter of mutual ideas, plans and openness for the appreciation of new ways of doing things and working together. We must understand when it is necessary to change things and when it is a benefit to leave good things alone. We will bring a new day to Morehouse College and its Alumni Association, and we must let all understand what that new day is as we celebrate 150 years of service to mankind. n

If Morehouse is to maintain its greatness and a movement to a higher level of worldly influence, we must come together in commitment that each of us will account for something for the betterment of Morehouse College and its Alumni Association.

Dr. Howard C. Willis ’76 President

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