CLASS NOTES Verdun Perry ’94 received the 2016 Toingo Foundation’s Blazing Trail Award. Perry is the senior managing director and co-head of Strategic Partners for Blackstone in New York. Benjamin Spencer ’96 was sworn into the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s Corps in October 2015. He is the Earle K. Shawe Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law and teaches civil procedure. He began a six-week training phase at Fort Benning in January 2016, which was followed by attending three-and-a-half months in the U.S. Army JAG School in Charlottesville, Va. As a reservist, he will serve one weekend a month and two weeks each year.
2000s Brian K. Jones ’01 was re-elected to a third term on the Union City (Ga.) City Council in November 2015. Jones has been on the Council for nine years and has served on a number of national policy and advocacy committees with the National League of Cities and the Georgia Municipal Association. Lodriguez Murray ’04, Ulysses Burley III ’05 and Quardricos Driskell ‘05 have been selected as three of the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Health. The award recognizes awardees’ accomplishments in the health care field and MOREHOUSE MAGAZINE
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their potential to continue to positively impact minority and other communities. The three were honored at the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust’s Award Gala Dinner on April 12, 2016, at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL). The Rev. Dr. Beryl M. Whipple ’04, pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in White Marsh, Md., received the doctor of ministry with a concentration in church leadership from Wesley Theological Seminary in May 2015. He received the master’s of science in church management from Villanova University School of Business in 2010 and the master’s of divinity from Wake Forest University Divinity School in 2007. At Morehouse, where he majored in religion, Whipple was a Chapel Assistant, MLK Scholar, Thomas Kilgore Scholar and Oprah Scholar. The Rev. Nicolas Richards ’05 has created Roho, an online library of sermons from prominent African American church leaders, among them The Rev. Otis Moss III ’92, The Rev. Marcus Cosby and The Rev. Cynthia Hale. He left his position as assistant pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in June 2016 to dedicate himself to building Roho full-time. Jonathan Blocker ’06 has joined the firm of Christian & Small LLP, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., as an associate focusing on professional liability
and medical malpractice, construction, aviation, liquor liability, and cyber and data breach liability matters. Previously, Blocker was an associate attorney at Page, Eichenblatt & Bennett, P.A. in Orlando, Fla., and served for three years as an assistant state attorney for the Office of the State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida.
2010s Donovan X. Ramsey ’10 was named to “The Black and Lit List: 30 People Under 30 to Watch Out for In New York by” BET. Ramsey is an author and journalist. Kenley Hargett ’12 recently became a reporter for KYTKTV CBS19 in Dallas, Texas. Kevin Johnson ’12 recently became a sports reporter at KYTK-TV CBS19 in Dallas
Jared Loggins ’15, a former Maroon Tiger managing editor, was one of five student reporters honored by The Society of Professional Journalists-Georgia and the Savannah Morning Press. The students are members of the Georgia News Lab Consortium, which will receive the first Larry Peterson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism. The five wrote an article titled “Expense Allowances for Commissioner Come With No Strings Attached,” published in June 2015 in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Loggins, who graduated in May 2015 with a degree in political science, served as an intern with the AJC before attending UCLA, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science. He also is freelancing for The Washington Post.
S AV E T H E D AT E S 150TH FOUNDER’S WEEK AND 29TH “A CANDLE IN THE DARK” GALA February 12-19, 2017 Hyatt Regency Atlanta “A Candle in the Dark” Gala: Saturday, February 18 Reception, 6 p.m. Dinner, Dancing and Awards Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.
BACCALAUREATE/COMMENCEMENT/REUNION May 19-21, 2017 Host Hotel: Ritz-Carlton Atlanta Reunion: Friday and Saturday Baccalaureate: Saturday, 3 p.m. Commencement: Sunday, 8 a.m.
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