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This report was prepared by the Office of External Relations and Alumni Engagement for the President, Board Chairman, Dinner Co-Chairs, Honorees, Gala Hosts, Reflections of Excellence Moderator and Special Guests to provide an overview of the plans for 2020 Founder’s Week


Background on the Candle in the Dark Gala The “A Candle in the Dark” Gala continues to be the College’s most successful fundraising event. It takes place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta and brings together the entire Morehouse, Atlanta and national community (trustees, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and students, corporate supporters, visiting advisory boards, prospective students and donors.) This year, we celebrate the 153rd Anniversary of the founding of Morehouse. Since 1989, the Gala has raised more than $20 million for the General Scholarship fund. It includes a VIP Reception, Dinner and Awards Ceremony that has become one the “must attend” events in Atlanta. Over the past 5 years, the average attendance is between 1,500 -1,600 guests. The week consists of a number of events. On Thursday at 11:00 a.m., we will host a Founder’s Day Convocation featuring Alumnus Rev. Quardricos Driskell ‘05, senior pastor of Beulah Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA. This will be followed by a Cake-Cutting ceremony and Founder’s Day Reception. On Friday, the Office of Institutional Advancement will host an estate giving panel. On Saturday morning, we will host our 2020 Bennie and Candle honorees at the Honorees Breakfast and later that morning, we will introduce our Honorees and Moderator at “Reflections of Excellence.” This priceless panel and forum is the first opportunity our students, staff, faculty, parents and friends will hear from this year’s honorees. Later that evening, beginning at 5:30 p.m., there will be a Photo Opportunity for our honorees, Gala emcee, Reflections moderator, family and event producers just before the VIP Reception which begins at 6:00 p.m. This year, the VIP reception will be jointly hosted by our Platinum Level Sponsor The Coca-Cola Company. Our Founder’s Day Legacy Sponsors this year are Delta Air Lines, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America. The Award ceremony begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. It concludes at approximately 10:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the evening, there is an after-glow reception hosted by one of our sponsors on behalf of the President and Gala Honorees. We will conclude the weekend with our Founder’s Day Worship Service featuring Alumnus Rev. Julian DeShazier ’05, pastor of University Church of Chicaago, Chicago, IL. The final event of the weekend is the Annual Glee Club Concert featuring the world-renowned Morehouse College Glee Club under the direction of Dr. David E. Morrow ’80 and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

About President David A. Thomas, 12th President of Morehouse College President Thomas comes to Morehouse with more than 30 years of higher education experience as a professor and an administrator. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior Studies and a Master of Philosophy in Organizational Behavior degree, both from Yale University. He also has a Master of Organizational Psychology degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Administrative Sciences degree from Yale College.  President Thomas is the former H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the former Dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.  As Dean of Georgetown McDonough from 2011 to 2016, President Thomas led 250 employees and more than 2,000 students through a period of growth, which included the redesign of the MBA curriculum, the launch of the school’s first online degree program, and a $130 million capital campaign. He enhanced academic and professional opportunities for the school’s undergraduate and graduate students, including adding the Global Business Experience and an Office of Professional Development for undergraduates. He also increased the diversity of faculty and staff, launched new research initiatives and boosted the school’s research funding. In addition to his work as an educator, President Thomas serves as a member of the Board of Directors of DTE Energy, the American Red Cross, and the Posse Foundation. He is nationally renowned for his research in managing diversity in the workplace. He is the co-author of two related books: “Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America,” which is one of the first in-depth studies to focus on minorities who have made it to the top, and “Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in Montgomery County.” He is married to Willetta Lewis and they are the proud parents of three children.

About Morehouse College As the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for men, the College offers 26 majors in three academic divisions: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, and Business Administration and Economics. Founded in 1867, Morehouse offers a number of programs and activities to enhance its challenging liberal arts curriculum through the Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Morehouse Research Institute, Andrew Young Center for International Affairs and the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.   Morehouse is known for producing great leaders.  It was recently recognized as one of the top feeder schools to the 15 most prominent graduate and professional programs in the nation by The Wall Street Journal, called “One of the best Southeastern colleges” by The Princeton Review and ranked “America’s Hottest College for Men” by Kaplan-Newsweek. Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil and human rights non-violent leader; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and director of the National Center for Primary Care of Morehouse School of Medicine; Shelton “Spike” Lee, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and president of 40 Acres & A Mule Productions; Samuel L. Jackson, Academy Award-nominated actor; Maynard H. Jackson, founder of Jackson Securities and the first African American mayor of Atlanta; and Nima A. Warfield, the first African American Rhodes Scholar from an HBCU.

FOUNDER’S WEEK 2020 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2020 The 153rd Anniversary Observance of the Founding of Morehouse College Lineup for Procession – 10:00 a.m. [ROBING - PRESIDENT’S BOARDROOM - Rm. 310] Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel 10:45 a.m. – Noon Featured Speaker: Rev. Quardricos Driskell ’05 Senior Pastor, Beulah Baptist Church Alexandria, VA Recessional and Disrobing – Chapel Library - Noon Cutting of 153rd Founder’s Day Anniversary Cake (AVP Kevin Booker) Walter Chivers Dining Hall 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Required: President Thomas and First Lady Willetta Lewis SGA President, Vice President Ms. Maroon and White Student Trustees

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2020 Planned Giving Seminar Coordinated by Office of Institutional Advancement (Louis Wright) Noon - 5 p.m. Bank of America Auditorium Major Benefactors Reception (INVITATION ONLY) (formerly Key Supporters & Leadership Circle Induction) Ray Charles Performing Arts Center (Lobby) 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2020 Pre-Reflections Breakfast at The Davidson House for Gala Honorees (and guests) 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Depart at 10:45 a.m. and transported to Ray Charles Performing Arts Center. Reflections of Excellence The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Honorees transported back to Atlanta Hyatt Regency Hotel. They are free until 5:30 p.m., when they will be expected to go to the Grand Hall for the Honoree Photo Shoot. Basketball Game Morehouse College vs. Clark Atlanta College (at CAU) Clark Atlanta Stadium – 2:00 p.m. “A Candle in the Dark” Gala The Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom Honoree Photo Session – 5:30 p.m. V.I.P. Reception, Regency Ballroom - 6:00 p.m. A Candle in the Dark Gala – 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2020 The Inaugural Worship Service The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel 11:00 a.m. The Reverend Rev. Julian DeShazier ’05 Senior Pastor, University Church, Chicago, IL The Sermon Talkback Brunch The African American Hall of Fame (Following the Worship Service) Choir, Chapel Assistants, Other Guests The Founder’s Day Morehouse College Glee Club Concert The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center Special Guest: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 4 p.m.


VERDUN ‘VERN’ PERRY ’94 Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Strategic Partners Blackstone

Verdun S. Perry (’94) is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone and the Global Head of Strategic Partners Fund Solutions (“Strategic Partners”), Blackstone’s dedicated secondary fund manager, with $35 billion of assets under management. Since 2000, Strategic Partners has been one of the market’s most prolific investors, having completed over 1,300 transactions focused on the purchase of private equity limited partnership interests and co-investments in leveraged buyout, real estate, venture capital and infrastructure assets. Mr. Perry joined Strategic Partners when it was founded in 2000 and sits on the investment committee for each of Strategic Partners’ funds. Prior to joining Strategic Partners, Mr. Perry worked at Bozell, Jacobs, Kenyon and Eckhardt, Inc. and in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Perry received a B.A. from Morehouse College in 1994, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected Phi Beta Kappa, as well as an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 2000, where he was a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow. In addition to being a generous and consistent supporter of Morehouse College, Mr. Perry is a member of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees, where he serves as a member of the Financial Stability Committee. Mr. Perry also serves on the boards of The Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) and the Apollo Theatre.


ADMIRAL ALVIN R. HOLSEY ’88 Rear Admiral Commander, Carrier Strike Group One United States Navy

Rear Adm. Alvin Holsey is a native of Fort Valley, Georgia and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program at Morehouse College in 1988, where he received a degree in Computer Science. He earned a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University in 1995 and attended the Joint Forces Staff College in 2010. He served in a variety of training and operational squadrons including Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 36, Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 8, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 40, and Helicopter AntiSubmarine Squadron Light (HSL) 44. His sea assignments included deployments aboard USS Jesse L. Brown (FF 1089), USS Nicholson (DD 982), USS Vreeland (FF 1068), USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), and USS Simpson (FFG 56). He commanded Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 37 and the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Assignments to shore and staff billets have included, flag aide to Commander Naval Air Force and the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Warfare Requirements and Programs N6/N7), operations officer on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, J-3, Joint Operations Directorate, European Command, deputy director PERS 43/Head Air Combat Placement Officer, Navy Personnel Command, force operations officer, N3 at Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. Holsey became commander, Carrier Strike Group One, June 12, 2018 and commander, International Maritime Security Construct / CTF SENTINEL, December 5, 2019. He previously served as deputy director for Operations, National Military Command Center, Joint Chiefs of Staff. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit, campaign and service awards.


EDDIE S. GLAUDE Jr. Ph.D. ’89 Chair, Department of African American Studies James S. McDonnell Distinguished Professor of African American Studies Princeton University

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is a scholar who speaks to the black and blue in America. His most well-known books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, take a wide look at black communities and reveal complexities, vulnerabilities, and opportunities for hope. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B Du Bois, “not hopeless, but a bit unhopeful.” Other muses include James Baldwin, Malcolm X, and Bobby “Blue” Bland. In addition to his readings of early American philosophers and contemporary political scientists, Glaude turns to African American literature in his writing and teaching for insight into African American political life, religious thought, gender and class. He is chair of the Department of African American Studies, a program he first became involved with shaping as a doctoral candidate in Religion at Princeton. He is the current president of the American Academy of Religion. His books on religion and philosophy include African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction and Exodus! Religion, Race and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize. Glaude is also the author of two edited volumes, and many influential articles about religion for academic journals. He has also written for the likes of The New York Times and The Huffington Post. Known to be a convener of conversations and debates, Glaude takes care to engage fellow citizens of all ages and backgrounds – from young activists, to fellow academics, journalists and commentators, and followers on Twitter in dialogue about the course of the nation. His scholarship and his sense of himself as a public intellectual are driven by a commitment to think carefully with others in public. Accordingly, his writing and ideas are cited and shared widely. Currently Glaude is at work on a book about James Baldwin, tentatively titled James Baldwin’s America, 1963-1972. Of Baldwin, Glaude writes, “Baldwin’s writing does not bear witness to the glory of America. It reveals the country’s sins, and the illusion of innocence that blinds us to the reality of others. Baldwin’s vision then requires a confrontation with history (with slavery, Jim Crow segregation, with whiteness) to overcome its hold on us. Not to posit the greatness of America, but to establish the ground upon which to imagine the country anew.” Democracy in Black has been described in similar terms. Bill Moyers says the book “breathes with prophetic fire,” recently writing, “Democracy in Black is rich in history and bold in opinion, and inconvenient truths leap from every page.” Some like to describe Glaude as the quintessential Morehouse man, having left his home in Moss Point, Mississippi at age 16 to begin studies at the HBCU. He holds a master’s degree in African American Studies from Temple University, and a Ph.D in Religion from Princeton University. He began his teaching career at Bowdoin College. He has been a visiting scholar at Amherst College and Harvard. In 2011 he delivered Harvard’s Du Bois lectures. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Colgate University, delivering commencement remarks titled, “Turning Our Backs.” He is a columnist for Time Magazine and regularly provides commentary on radio and television news programs like Democracy Now!, Morning Joe, and the 11th Hour. He hosts the podcast AAS 21, recorded at Princeton University in Stanhope Hall, the African American Studies department’s home.


ADEBAYO OGUNLESI Chairman and Managing Partner Global Infrastructure Partners

Adebayo O. Ogunlesi is a Nigerian lawyer and investment banker. He is currently the Chairman and Managing Partner of the private equity firm – Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). GIP acquired the London City Airport in 2006 which they sold in 2016. They also acquired Gatwick Airport, Uk’s second largest airport in 2009 under the leadership of Adebayo Ogunlesi. Adebayo was born on the 20th of December 1953 in Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria to Mr and Mrs Theophilus O. Ogunlesi. His father was the first Nigerian professor of medicine at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He went to Oxford University, England, for his B.A. and graduated with first-class honours in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Adebayo attended Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School simultaneously. Consequently, he graduated with a J.D. magna cum laude and his MBA in 1979. During this time, he was a member of the Harvard Law Review. Adebayo joined First Boston Investment Bank as an advisor for a Nigerian gas project in 1983. While at First Boston, he worked in the Project Finance Group, where he gave sound financial advice to clients on transactions. Adebayo was made the Head of the Global Energy Group renamed, Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB). He held this position from 1997 to 2002. Following this was his appointment as the Global Head of CSFB’s Investment Banking Division. In the same 2002, he became a member of the Credit Suisse Executive Board and Management Committee. Ultimately, from 2004 to 2006, Adebayo was the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Client Officer of CSFB. While working at Credit Suisse First Boston, he was also lecturing at Harvard Law School and Yale School of Management. He taught a course on transnational investment projects in emerging countries. He was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs in October 2012, and on the 24th of July, 2014, was named Lead Director of the company. In December 2016, Ogunlesi was named among other business leaders that would be part of Donald Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum. The forum was, however, disbanded on the 16th of August, 2017. Adebayo Ogunlesi started a private equity firm, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) in July 2006. Credit Suisse and General Electric were the first investors in GIP. Currently, Adebayo is the Chairman and Managing Partner of Global Infrastructure Partners. GIP is an independent infrastructure fund manager that combines deep industry expertise with industrial best practice and operational management. The company is an infrastructure investment fund that makes both equity and selected debt investments. It has investments in high-quality infrastructure assets in the energy, transport, water and waste sectors. The company manages over $51 billion for its investors with portfolio of combined annual revenue greater than $46 billion. The company currently employs 52,000 people. Adebayo is married to Dr Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi, and they are blessed with two children.


LAWRENCE EDWARD CARTER Sr., Ph.D. Founding Dean, Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Author, Professor, Archivist and College Curator Morehouse College

In 1958, Martin Luther King Jr. privately recruited Lawrence Edward Carter as a 10th grader to come to Morehouse College. Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter became the founding Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel in 1979. Today, he is an ordained American Baptist pastor, a tenured professor of religion, college archivist, curator; founder of the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Institute for Ethics & Reconciliation; director of the M.L.K. Jr. College of Pastoral Leadership; chair of the Howard Thurman Spiritual Educational Trust and director of the WorldHouse Teenage Academy. Carter is the founder and sole fundraiser for Morehouse College’s International Hall of Honor that consists of over two hundred original oil portraits of distinguished leaders in the civil and human rights nonviolent movement. The portraits are valued at over one million dollars. Carter also founded the forty-year-old six-hundred-member Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Assistants Pre-Seminarians Program. From 1960 to today, Dr. Carter has studied and worked in fourteen American universities, colleges, and professional schools; spoken at over one-hundred different colleges, universities, and seminaries; and received over one thousand speaking engagements from eighteen Christian denominations, including Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist communions; and traveled to thirty-eight foreign countries. He has made over eighty radio and television appearances. He holds the Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia University of Lynchburg in Social Science and Psychology, the M.Div. degree in Theology, the S.T.M. degree in Pastoral Care, and the Ph.D. degree in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling from Boston University. Carter has received five honorary doctorate degrees in Divinity, Humanities, and Religious Studies from his alma mater (Christian), Lewis University (Roman Catholic), Al al-Bayt University (Muslim) in Jordan, Soka University (Buddhist) of Japan and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He holds certifications in multi-disciplinary clinical training, clinical pastoral education, the editing of historical documents, and community nonviolent training. He is the recipient of forty-five international awards and recognitions. Carter was a 1994 Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in Brazil, and twice a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow in 1993 at University of Wisconsin at Madison and in 1996 at Brown University. In 2018, his fourth book was published, titled, The Baptist Preacher’s Buddhist Teacher: How My Interfaith Journey with Daisaku Ikeda Made Me a Better Christian. The book has been translated into Japanese. This book has received three gold medals: the 2018 Gold Medal Nautilus Book Award for Religion/Spirituality of Western Thought; the 2019 Gold Medal from the Illumination Book Award for Biography/Memoir/Christian world-view; and the 2019 Gold Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Award (the IPPYs) for Religion-Eastern/ Western Thought. It also won the 2019 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize honorable mention Memoir; was a finalist of the 2019 Montaigne Medal for the year’s most thought-provoking book; and a finalist of the 2019 da Vinci Eye Award for books with superior cover artwork. Carter’s fifth book, Cosmopolitan Ethics in the Axiology of Thinking: Questions, Options and Spirituality for the 21st Century, is a second edition demonstrating the evolution of Martin Luther King Jr.’s social ethical system. A sixth book titled, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist and Islamic Practices of Nonviolence will be published as an eBook. The Dean served seven years as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Council of Churches of Christ, U.S.A. representing the National Baptist Convention U.S.A., Inc. In 2001, he delivered the founding address for Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California, where he has served 18 years as a trustee. Dr. Carter is married to Dr. Marva Griffin Carter. The Carters are the parents of one son, Lawrence Edward Carter Jr., Morehouse Class of 2008.



Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Lonnie G. Bunch III is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian. He assumed his position June 16, 2019. As Secretary, he oversees 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, numerous research centers, and several education units and centers. Previously, Bunch was the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. When he started as director in July 2005, he had one staff member, no collections, no funding and no site for a museum. Driven by optimism, determination and a commitment to build “a place that would make America better,” Bunch transformed a vision into a bold reality. The museum has welcomed more than 6 million visitors since it opened in September 2016 and compiled a collection of 40,000 objects that are housed in the first “green building” on the National Mall. Occupying a prominent location next to the Washington Monument, the nearly 400,000-square-foot National Museum of African American History and Culture is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. Before his appointment as director of the museum, Bunch served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society (2001– 2005). There, he led a successful capital campaign to transform the Historical Society in celebration of its 150th anniversary, managed an institutional reorganization, initiated an unprecedented outreach initiative to diverse communities and launched a much-lauded exhibition and program on teenage life titled “Teen Chicago.” A widely published author, Bunch has written on topics ranging from the black military experience, the American presidency and all-black towns in the American West to diversity in museum management and the impact of funding and politics on American museums. His most recent book, A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump, which chronicles the making of the museum that would become one of the most popular destinations in Washington. Bunch has worked at the Smithsonian in the past, holding several positions at its National Museum of American History from 1989 through 2000. As the museum’s associate director for curatorial affairs for six years (1994–2000), he oversaw the curatorial and collections management staff and led the team that developed a major permanent exhibition on the American presidency. He also developed “Smithsonian’s America” for the American Festival Japan 1994; this exhibition, which was presented in Japan, explored the history, culture and diversity of the United States. Bunch served as the curator of history and program manager for the California African American Museum in Los Angeles from 1983 to 1989. While there, he organized several award-winning exhibitions, including “The Black Olympians, 1904–1950” and “Black Angelenos: The Afro-American in Los Angeles, 1850– 1950.” He also produced several historical documentaries for public television. Born in Belleville, New Jersey, Bunch has held numerous teaching positions at universities across the country, including American University in Washington, D.C., the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In service to the historical and cultural community, Bunch has served on the advisory boards of the American Association of Museums and the American Association for State and Local History. In 2005, Bunch was named one of the 100 most influential museum professionals of the 20th century by the American Association of Museums. Among his many awards, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House in 2002 and reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2010. In 2019, he was awarded the Freedom Medal, one of the Four Freedom Awards from the Roosevelt Institute, for his contribution to American culture as a historian and storyteller; the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from the Hutchins Center at Harvard University; and the National Equal Justice Award from the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund. Bunch received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the American University in Washington, D.C.

Activities for Saturday, February 15, 2020

Founder’s Day Celebration

Honoree and VIP Schedule Saturday, February 16

Pre-Reflections Breakfast and Reflections of Excellence Panel Discussion HONOREE BREAKFAST: 9:00 a.m. Davidson House - 833 Atlanta Student Movement Blvd. REFLECTIONS of EXCELLENCE: 11:00 a.m. Ray Charles Performing Arts Center (Corner of West End and Lowery) 8:30 a.m. Honorees and Emcees are transported from Hyatt Regency lobby to Davidson House on campus. 8:45 a.m.

Honorees arrive at Davidson House for Pre-Reflections Breakfast and sign posters. Required Participants: President, First Lady, Bennie and Candle Honorees, Reflections Moderator, Student Presenters Invited; but not required: Gala Hosts, Dinner Co-Chairs

9:00 a.m.

Honoree Breakfast begins

10:00 a.m. Honoree briefing on “Reflections of Excellence” and “A Candle in the Dark” Gala Honorees, Moderator and emcee will autograph posters as gifts to each other. Participation required: President, First Lady, Honorees, Reflections Moderator, Presenters, Invited, not required: Gala Hosts, Dinner Co-Chairs 10:45 a.m. Honorees escorted to the Stage of Ray Charles Performing Arts Center for Reflections 11:00 a.m. Reflections Program begins in the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center (Panel format) Participation Required: President, Bennie and Candle Honorees, Reflections Moderator, Student Presenters, Mistress of Ceremonies Invited, not required: Honorary Co-Chair. Master of Ceremony and Board Members 11:02 a.m. President introduces Reflections of Excellence Moderator (Script provided). 11:05 a.m. Moderator reads brief bio on each honoree and recognizes Candle in the Dark Mistress of Ceremonies 11:10 a.m. Honorees provide a 5-7 minute reflection of their life work and keys to success Noon

Question-and Answer-period is moderated by Reflections Moderator (1 hour).

12:55 p.m. Reflections of Excellence concludes. 2:00 p.m.

Morehouse @ Clark Atlanta University Basketball Game (Forbes Arena) - OPTIONAL

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Honorees, Mistress of Ceremonies and their guests are Transported to Hotel via Ground Transportation.

Photo Op and VIP Reception Hyatt Regency Atlanta

5:30 p.m.

VIPs, Honorees and Family Photos (Regency V Ballroom) • Board Chair Willie Woods and Mrs. Lana Woods • President David Thomas, First Lady Willetta Lewis • Dinner Co-Chairs Microsoft Exec. Fred Humphries and Delta Executive and Guest • Bennie and Candle Honorees and Guests • Mistress of Ceremonies • Student Presenters

Sample Family Photo

Sample Honoree Photo with President and First Lady

6:00 p.m.

Gala VIP Reception begins (Regency V)

6:30 p.m.

General Reception begins outside Centennial Ballroom Pre-Function Area

6:45 p.m.

Sponsor Greeting and Toast (VIP Reception Only)

7:00 p.m.

Fanfare announces the end of VIP Reception – Regency VI-VII.

At the conclusion of the Candle Awards Ceremony, all Honorees join the President and Emcee on the stage for the Singing of the College Hymn as the program concludes.

“A Candle in the Dark” Gala 2020 Run of Show 7:00 p.m.

Doors open for A Candle in the Dark Gala – Centennial Ballroom; Jazz Band begins

7:00 p.m.

Fanfare and chimes signals exit to Centennial Ballroom

7:15 p.m.

Honorees are escorted to reserved seats by Student Presenters.

7:30 p.m.

Call to Celebration and Introduction of Mistress of Ceremonies (Student Presenter)

7:38 p.m.

Introduction of the President and First Lady

7:40 p.m.

Emcee makes opening remarks, memorial tribute and introduces Chairman Woods

7:43 p.m.

Chairman recognizes Board members, Corporate sponsors and introduces President

7:47 p.m.

President makes brief scripted Remarks and introduces Honorary Co-Chairs

7:48 p.m.

President introduces Founding Day Legacy Sponsors for brief scripted remarks

7:54 p.m.

Emcee returns to introduce Guest Minister D. Darrell Griffin ’87 for Invocation.

7:56 p.m.

Invocation by the Rev. D. Darrell Griffin, Associate Pastor, Oakdale Covenant Church, Chicago, IL.

7:58 p.m.

Emcee returns to introduce Morehouse Jazz Band and announces that dinner is served.

8:00 p.m.

Dinner is served.

8:30 p.m.

Program resumes and emcee returns to introduce the President as dessert is served.

8:40 p.m.

Emcee and Chairman return to lead Toast to President and First Lady.

8:47 p.m.

President recognizes Special Guests and Euclid Walker

8:57 p.m.

Emcee returns to introduce student presenters.

9:00 p.m.

First Bennie Honoree is presented award. (Honoree is introduced and accepts award, poses for photo with student, presenter, President and Emcee, give Award to student presenter, Honoree makes brief remarks; President remains onstage for acceptance (no more than 1-minute acceptance), turns to stage right and exits stage.

1. Bennie Achievement 2. Bennie Leadership and Service 3. Bennie Trailblazer

4. Candle in Business 5. Candle in Mission and Ministry 6. Candle in History, Art and Culture

“A Candle in the Dark� Gala 2020 Run of Show 9:50 p.m.

Sixth and final Honoree is presented.

9:55 p.m.

President comes forward for closing comments.

9:57 p.m.

Goodgame comes forward to lead College Hymn.

10:00 p.m. Program concludes and Celebration Continues with Dancing in Ballroom until after Midnight.

Reflections of Excellence Moderator Blayne Alexander

Journalist, NBC News and MSNBC

Gala Hosts Omari Hardwick

Artist, Poet, Activist and Actor

Omari Latif Hardwick (born January 9, 1974) is an American actor, known for his roles in the TV series Saved and Dark Blue, in Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna (2008), The A-Team (2010), Kick-Ass (2010), Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls (2010) and as Andre in BET Network’s Being Mary Jane. He also played James “Ghost” St. Patrick in Starz’s Power. Hardwick was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of Joyce and Clifford Hardwick III, an attorney. Growing up in Decatur, Georgia, Hardwick wrote poetry on a regular basis, and participated in many sports. For high school he attended Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia where he excelled in baseball, basketball and football, which eventually led him to a football scholarship for University of Georgia. Even though he was a star on the field, Hardwick continued in acting and poetry, and thus minored in theater. Hardwick is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. After graduation, Hardwick was not selected in the NFL draft but tried to make the roster of the NFL San Diego Chargers. As a struggling actor, Hardwick did odd jobs in order to pay for acting classes. After being unsuccessful, he started living in his car, and he finally got his break in the 2004 TV movie Sucker Free City. Next, he booked roles in the feature film The Guardian and a series regular role in Saved. For the role, he spent two years training as a fireman and a paramedic. In 2002, Hardwick had a quick scene as an extra in Floetry’s “Say Yes” music video. In 2003 and 2004, he participated award-winningly in the National Poetry Slam. In 2010, Hardwick became a founding member of “Plan B Inc. Theater Group”, and a co-founder of “Actor’s Lounge” at the Los Angeles Greenway Theater. He also founded production company “Bravelife Films”. Hardwick was also featured in the urban lifestyle publication, Prominence Magazine for its Holiday issue. In 2011, Hardwick received his best film reviews to date for his role as “Troy” in the critically acclaimed indie hit I Will Follow. Hardwick has guest starred on an episode of NBC’s Chase as Chris Novak, a hard luck criminal facing prison. In 2013, Hardwick was cast in the lead role of James Ghost St. Patrick on the Starz crime drama-thriller, Power. Hardwick co-starred in the science fiction comedy film Sorry to Bother You, which was released in theaters on July 6, 2018.

The International Hall of Honor in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel honors persons of the 20th and 21st centuries who have made significant contributions to civil and human rights nonviolent movements internationally.

International Hall of Honor

The King Statue on the plaza of the King Chapel is the only statue in the state of Georgia honoring Martin Luther King Jr. It was dedicated in May 1984 and has become the photo opportunity hotspot for thousands of visitors to the campus.

Century Campus is known as “The Quad” and serves as the center of the campus. The College’s Spring Commencement exercises are held on the beautiful green space.

Century Campus

The Howard Thurman National Obelisk honors a man known as a forerunner in the interdenominational religious movement. Thurman, a 1923 graduate of Morehouse, served as a teacher and preacher at Morehouse and Spelman colleges.

The Howard Thurman National Obelisk

Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays was laid to rest on the Morehouse campus in 1984. A memorial in honor of Mays is on the College’s Century Campus, site of Morehouse’s Commencement exercises. Mays, considered the architect of Morehouse’s reputation for academic excellence, served as president of Morehouse from 1940 to 1967.

The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel serves as the “living room” of historic Morehouse College. The Chapel seeks to develop and promote clergy, laity and youth awakening through reconciliation, non-violence, science, spirituality and the building of global “communities of hope.” The Chapel is the world’s most prominent religious memorial to alumnus Martin Luther King Jr.‘48.

Martin Luther King Jr. Statue

Benjamin Elijah Mays National Memorial







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Honoring former Morehouse President Dr. Hugh M. Gloster ’31 (1967-1987), the building houses the main administrative offices of the College, including the offices of the President and his cabinet. The building is also home to the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Records and Registration and Human Resources. Gloster’s memorial is outside the building.

Gloster Hall

Named in honor of well known abolitionist Frederick Douglass, the building holds the College’s archives. The hall also serves as a study hall and academic support center. The offices of the class deans and Health Professions are located in this building.

Douglass Hall





This 70,000-square-foot facility, which opened in August 2005, houses the College’s Division of Business Administration and Economics, Emma and Joe Adams Public Service Institute,Andrew Young Center for International Affairs and The Leadership Center. The building features state-of-the-art computer and information technology and promotes collaboration and interaction among students, faculty, administration and staff.

The Leadership Center building

Named in honor of civil rights activist and Morehouse alumnus the Rev. Thomas Kilgore Jr. ’35, the center is a multipurpose building that houses the President’s Dining Room, a snack bar, a game room, a student lounge, guest quarters and administrative offices.




Chivers-Lane Dining Hall

The Snack Bar features a wide array of snacks, from deli sandwiches to juicy burgers. Located in the Kilgore Campus Center, the Snack Bar is open from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Snack Bar

The campus coffee shop provide a unique selection of coffees, smoothies, gourmet baked goods, specialty sandwiches and salads. Jazzman’s is open from 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.


The Chivers-Lane Dining Hall offers an array of allyou-care-to-eat format for one low price. Included are a grill, salad bar, deli, pizza station and more. The hall is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and for brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.


The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center is the College’s state-of-the-art center for music teaching and performance. Anchoring the College’s south side, the $20-million facility covers 76,000 square feet, houses a digital/analog recording studio, 12 faculty studios, nine practice rooms, two rehearsal rooms and three academic labs.





The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center












Honoring Samuel T. Graves, the second president of Morehouse College (1885-1890), Graves Hall is the oldest building on campus. It was the site of the entire school when it moved to Atlanta from Augusta.

Kilgore Campus Center

Graves Hall














Davidson House serves as the executive center of Morehouse College. Named for alumnus Robert C. Davidson Jr. ‘67, the house serves as a venue for meetings, conferences and fund-raising activities, as well as the residence of the president of the College. (Not open for tours.)

Davidson House



Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel





Samuel H. Archer Hall Charles Merrill Hall Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Franklin L. Forbes Arena Ray Charles Performing Arts Center Parking Deck Campus Police Chivers/Lane Dining Hall Westview Security Gate The Visitors Center Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard Security Gate



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Morehouse’s stadium was named in honor of Burwell Towns Harvey, the most successful athletics coach in Morehouse history. Harvey arrived at Morehouse in 1916 to teach physics and chemistry. He eventually coached Maroon Tiger teams in football, basketball and baseball for 13 years. The track was named in honor of Morehouse alumnus and Olympic track star Edwin Moses ’78.

B.T. Harvey Stadium/Edwin Moses Track

Named after the fifth president of Morehouse College, Samuel Howard Archer, Archer Hall holds the College’s recreational facilities, including a gymnasium, swimming pool and game room. The gymnasium seats 1,000 people and was used by the College’s basketball team before Forbes Arena was built.

Archer Hall

Named in honor of Morehouse coach and administrator Franklin Lafayette Forbes in 1999, Forbes Arena is a 6,000-seat facility that was built as part of the $51 million-plus investment in the Atlanta University Center by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. The arena has four locker rooms, a first-aid station, a training room, a weight room and four concession stands.

Forbes Arena

Sports Venues


The 153rd Anniversary Founder’s Day Observance February 13 – 16, 2020 Founder’s Week Steering Committee David A. Thomas President

Kennard Garrett ’01 Audio Visual and Video Production

Willetta Lewis First Lady

Lawrence Carter Dean, Martin Luther King International Chapel

Henry Melvin Goodgame ’84 Executive Planning Committee Chair

Samantha Elmore President’s Office (Trustee and Honoree Coordination)

David Wall Rice ’95 Chair, Founder’s Day Convocation

Kimberly Moore Chapel Guests

Ardis Maria Blanchard Event Sponsorship

James Smartt Logistics for Production and Staging

Joe Carlos III ’04 Gala Communications, Student Ushers, Ticket Sales

Shiegko Carter Event Support Services

Anne Wimbush Watts Student Gala Presenter Coach and Speechwriter

Janice Cooper Davidson House (C.M.)

Leah Creque Otis Moss Jr. and Otis Moss III Oratorical Contest

Enrico Hunter ARAMARK Facilities Management

Judith Davis Carroll Gala Consultant

Chief Valerie Dalton Campus Safety

Jatika Manigault Honoree and Gala Administrator

Michael Davenport Transportation

Arleen Verna Bolton Senior Gala Administrative Consultant

Keith Terrell ’75 Parking (C.M.)

José Mallabo Strategic Communications

Cedric Hughes Bookstore

Aileen Dodd Media Relations

Ramon Hogan Disability Services

Chimere Stanford Programs and Branding

Renee Calhoun Protocol Facilitation

Arthur Vaughn Budgeting

Alonzo Dones ARAMARK Dining Services

Rahn Gatewood Contracts

Keith Hollingsworth Platform Marshall

Kevin Booker ’90 Student Participation

David Morrow ’80 Glee Club

Kimberly Marshall Information Technology

David Oliver Organist

Key Contacts Henry M. Goodgame

Vice President, External Relations and Alumni Engagement Chair, Founder’s Week and Gala Planning Committee CONTACT: (404) 801-0475 (C) 404-215-2658

Ardis Blanchard

Director, Event Sponsorships, Community Partnerships and Parent Engagement CONTACT: 678-265-7656

Joseph S. Carlos Judy Davis Carroll

Associate Director of Alumni Engagement CONTACT: 404-713-0864 (C) R.H. Bolton, Inc. Consultant

Verna Bolton Senior Gala Administrative Consultant Contact: (470) 639-0248 James Smartt

Director, Event Support Services

Michael Davenport Ground Transportation Coordinator Contact: 678-265-7656 Anne W. Watts Inauguration Chair and Student Presenter’s Speechwriter and Coach Contact: 404-572-3660 (C) Lawrence Carter Dean, King Chapel, Inauguration Executive Chair and Worship Service (404) 379-7143 (C) Jatika Manigault

Executive Assistant to Henry Goodgame and Honoree Travel Logistics Contact: (404) 441-8386(C) (404) 215-2658 (o)

Aileen Dodd

Script Development, Media and Public Relations Manager Contact: (404) 735-6736

OTHER KEY STAFF Kara Walker Web and Online Communications Chimere Stanford Strategic Communications and Special Events Shiekgo Carter Facilities and Event Services Janice Cooper Davidson House Activities Samantha Elmore President’s Office David Morrow Director, Morehouse College Glee Club

Save the Date 2020 Reunion and Commencement: The Best of Times

Homecoming 2020: Undefeated

Profile for Morehouse College Office of Alumni Engagement

2020 Candle Briefing Document  

2020 Morehouse College Founder's Day Weekend Briefing Document

2020 Candle Briefing Document  

2020 Morehouse College Founder's Day Weekend Briefing Document