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THE LEGACY OF MOREHOUSE COLLEGE Founded in 1867 in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., by the Rev. William Jefferson White, with the encouragement of former slave the Rev. Richard C. Coulter and the Rev. Edmund Turney of the National Theological Institute, Morehouse College has had a 150-year legacy of producing educated men and global leaders.

Starting as Augusta Institute under the first president, Dr. Joseph T. Robert, the institution was created to educate black men for careers in ministry and teaching. At the urging of the Rev. Frank Quarles, the school moved to Atlanta’s Friendship Baptist Church in 1879 and changed its name to Atlanta Baptist Seminary. The seminary moved to downtown Atlanta, and then, in 1885, to a former Civil War battleground site in Atlanta’s West End under President Dr. Samuel T. Graves. By 1897, the institution had become Atlanta Baptist College. Dr. George Sale was named president in 1890, and Atlanta Baptist College expanded its curriculum and established a tradition of educating leaders for all American life. During the tenure of the College’s first African American president, John Hope, the College was renamed Morehouse College in 1913, in honor of Henry L. Morehouse, corresponding secretary of the National Baptist Home Missionary Society. Dr. Samuel H. Archer lead the College as president during the Great Depression, giving the College its adopted colors of maroon and white. (1931-1937) Beginning in the 1940s, the College’s international reputation in scholarship, leadership, and service began to flourish, particularly as then-president, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, oversaw the increase of faculty members with doctoral degrees, accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the establishment of a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Under the presidency of Dr. Hugh M. Gloster ’31, the first alumnus to serve as president, the College expanded its endowment to more than $29 million, completed a $20-million fund-raising campaign, and added 12 new campus buildings. The Morehouse School of Medicine was founded in 1975 and became independent in 1981 During the administration of eighth president, Dr. Leroy Keith Jr., the College’s endowment increased to more than $60 million, with faculty salaries and student scholarships also increasing. Buildings such as the Nabrit-Mapp-McBay Hall and the Thomas Kilgore Jr. Campus Center were constructed, and the College produced its first Rhodes Scholar, Nima A. Warfield. The College’s A Candle in the Dark Gala was founded in 1989 to raise scholarship funds during this time. Dr. Walter E. Massey ’58, Morehouse’s ninth president, ushered in a 21-century approach to learning; his vision was for the College to become the nation’s best liberal arts college. Morehouse leaders expanded the College’s dual-degree program in natural sciences, launched the Center for Excellence in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, and established a new African American



studies program. The Andrew Young Center for International Affairs was established in 1993 and the Morehouse Leadership Program was established in 1995. These were combined into a new Center in 2012, named the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership, for the former United Nations ambassador. The Davidson House Center for Excellence, the president’s official residence and a mini-conference center, was constructed during this time, as was the Dr. John H. Hopps Technology Tower, in honor of Hopps ’58, an administrator, professor, and scientist committed to enhancing scientific research on campus. Two more students became Rhodes Scholars: Chris Elders in 2002 and Oluwabusayo “Tope” Folarin in 2004. By June 2006, the College had successfully completed its most ambitious capital campaign, raising a record $112 million, far exceeding the campaign’s goal of $105 million. That same year, Morehouse became the custodian of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, more than 10,000 hand-written notes, sermons, letters, books. and other artifacts belonging to King, the College’s most noted alumnus. Dr. Robert M. Franklin Jr. ’75 became president in 2007 and led the institution forward with his vision of the “Morehouse Renaissance,” further elevating public confidence in the College’s stature as a premier institution providing quality education and enhancing institution’s intellectual and moral dimension. He accomplished this in part by establishing the “Five Wells”— wellread, well-spoken, well-traveled, well-dressed, and well-balanced—which were about developing men of Morehouse with social conscience and global perspective. Franklin oversaw the completion of a $20-million project started by Massey, the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academic Building, a facility named after the late legendary musician. The latter building would later be named The Aretha Robinson Music Academic Building, for Ray Charles’ mother. Franklin also led cultivation efforts that increased the total number of new donors at the College by 4,500. Morehouse generated more than $68 million in institutional funds and $60 million in restricted funds from federal sources, including Congressional appropriations and competitive federal grants. In 2013, Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79 was named the College’s 11th president. He and his team were champions of STEAM initiatives (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and significantly increased the College’s private gifts, grants and contracts. During Wilson’s tenure, computer science major Prince Abudu ’16 became the College’s fourth Rhodes Scholar. Wilson played a pivotal role in bringing U.S. President Barack Obama to Morehouse as the 2013 Commencement speaker and in hosting Vice President Joseph Biden in 2015. William James Taggart assumed the role of interim president of the College in 2017 after serving as chief operating officer since 2015. A results-driven leader in the private and public sectors, Taggart had more than 30 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies, higher education, and federal agencies. Tragically, just two months after his appointment, Taggart suddenly passed away in June 2017. Harold Martin Jr. ‘02 left the Morehouse Board of Trustees temporarily to accept an appointment as interim president in June 2017, becoming the youngest person to lead the College since 1913. The attorney and business consultant with an extensive background in advising senior executives at higher education institutions and Fortune 500 companies served Morehouse College until Dec. 31, 2017. Under Martin’s steady leadership, the College began to heal after suffering the tragic loss of Taggart. Martin set campus-wide priorities to improve accountability, boost enrollment, increase the graduation rate, and highlight the contributions of young alumni. He guided a rebranding and expansion of the Office of Alumni Services. The department was



changed to the Office of Alumni Engagement and Giving and a new initiative was launched — the Morehouse College Young Alumni Engagement Program. In addition, Martin was also instrumental in the launch of the program’s successful “We are Morehouse” campaign and website, which uses images and business profiles of hundreds of successful young alumni who graduated after 1990 to communicate Morehouse’s unique value proposition to prospective students, friends, and donors. In October 2017, the Morehouse Board of Trustees voted to name Dr. David A. Thomas as the 12th President of Morehouse, ushering in a new era of leadership for the College. Thomas took office on Jan. 1, 2018. A visionary leader, Thomas has 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. 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, where he raised $130 million in a five-year capital campaign. Thomas is the first Morehouse President in 50 years who did not graduate from the College. (The last President who was not an alumnus was Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, Morehouse’s revered sixth President.) Thomas’ childhood dream, however, was to attend Morehouse, but his family could not afford the tuition. As a result, he plans to launch a major capital campaign to raise millions of dollars to support student scholarships so that deserving students who also dream of becoming Morehouse Men are not shut out because they can’t afford to attend. In addition, Thomas plans to raise funds to support campus renovations, faculty research, infrastructure improvements, and other needs. His other priorities include expanding academic and leadership opportunities for students, increasing the graduation rate, and growing enrollment to 2,500 scholars. Morehouse is the world’s only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) for men. It has produced four Rhodes Scholars, several college presidents, and leaders in many other fields. According to the National Science Foundation, Morehouse is the nation’s top producer of black males who continue their education and receive doctorates. The National Science Foundation also ranked Morehouse as the No. 1 producer of black men who receive doctorates in education, life and physical sciences, math and computer sciences, psychology and social sciences, as well as humanities and the arts. Morehouse currently has more than 17,000 alumni representing more than 40 states and 14 countries.



Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters,    As President of the Morehouse Atlanta Alumni Chapter, I would like to thank you on behalf of  the Association and the future Morehouse Men for supporting this event. It is of critical  importance that we give of ourselves to help; serve and propel our future leaders, husbands,  8 fathers, and sons. Over the past 6 years we have helped assist, counsel, and fund many  students who would have otherwise had a difficult time getting through their journey at  Morehouse College.     Our goal for this event is to promote and celebrate excellence in the areas of Fatherhood,  Mentorship, and Service, while instilling confidence in Morehouse students to become high  character leaders of change. Our purpose is to assist the students in reaching for excellence so  that they join us in helping others through good character and educational distinction. Education  coupled with good character is and will continue to be the main influence behind our progress. It  is my pleasure to host you for this year’s event as we highlight some of our well­deserved  workers and influencers of progress.    Our hope is to continue our work in order to counter and fight against the darkness of ignorance  worldwide. Thank you again for your continued support.    Sincerely,   

Shadeed Abdul-Salaam Shadeed Abdul­Salaam, President  Atlanta Metro Chapter  Morehouse College Alumni Association 




PROGRAM Master of Ceremonies Gary L. Clayton ’88 Invocation Dr. Walter Kimbrough Pastor, Cliftondale United Methodist Church Greetings from Atlanta Alumni Metro Chapter

Shadeed Abdul-Salaam ’00, President

Greetings from the President, Morehouse College Dr. David A. Thomas 12th President, Morehouse College Greetings from the National Alumni Association Marlon Cousins ’87, President-Elect Occasion Torrence Nero ’14, Vice-President Elect

BREAKFAST Introduction of Speaker Michael Harris ’80 Speaker Dr. Robert Michael Franklin ’75 President Emeritus, Morehouse College

Special Recognition

Mangham Mentorship Award – Dean Alvin H. Darden, III, ’72 Leaphart Fatherhood Award – Willie H. Hill Draper Service Award – Rodney Bullard

Morehouse Atlanta Alumni Hall of Honor Inductees Johnny Popwell, ’62 Robert H. McMichael, ’64 John Grant, Sr., ’72 Grady L. Brewer, ’80

Dr. Tobe Johnson ’54 Atlanta Metro Area Chapter Alumnus of the Year Award Closing Remarks Dr. Valentino Shumate, ’86 Mr. Gary L. Clayton, ’88 Co-Chairpersons Singing of Morehouse College Hymn

“Dear Old Morehouse”

Benediction Dr. Walter L. Kimbrough



DR. ROBERT M. FRANKLIN ’75 KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, Jr. is Director of the Religion Department of the Chautauqua Institution and James Laney Professor of Moral Leadership at Emory University. In 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar in Residence at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. He is president emeritus of Morehouse College where he served as the tenth president of the nation’s largest private, four-year liberal arts college for men from 2007 through 2012. He provides commentary for the National Public Radio (NPR) program, “All Things Considered,” and weekly commentary for Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting Television. Franklin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse in 1975 with a degree in political science and religion. He continued his education at Harvard Divinity School, earning a master of divinity degree in Christian social ethics and pastoral care in 1978, and the University of Chicago, earning a doctorate in ethics and society, and religion and the social sciences in 1985. He also undertook international study at the University of Durham, UK, as a 1973 English Speaking Union Scholar. His major fields of study include social ethics, psychology and African American religion. He is also the recipient of honorary degrees from Bethune Cookman University, Bates College, and Swarthmore College. He also has served as program officer in Human Rights and Social Justice at the Ford Foundation, and as an adviser to the foundation’s president on future funding for religion and public life initiatives. Franklin also was invited by American film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg to prepare an online study guide for the congregational use of The Prince of Egypt, a DreamWorks film (1999). Franklin is the author of three books: Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities (2007); Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis (1997); and Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African American Thought (1990). He has co-authored (Don S. Browning, et. al.) a volume titled From Culture Wars to Common Ground: Religion and the American Family Debate (2001). In 2012, he wrote the foreword to a reprint of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” (Trinity Forum, New York). Active in a range of organizations, Franklin serves the boards of the Salvation Army, the CNN Dialogues Advisory Committee, NASA’s 100-year Starship Project Advisory Board directed by former astronaut, Dr. Mae Jemison. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Kappa Boule). He is a member of the Atlanta Falcons Advisory Board; Atlanta Rotary Club; 100 Black Men of Atlanta; the 1999 class of Leadership Atlanta; the Leadership and Sustainability Institute Working Group (of the Open Society Foundation); and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Franklin is married to Dr. Cheryl Goffney Franklin, an OB-GYN physician who holds degrees from Stanford University, Columbia University School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. He is the father of three children: Imani R. Franklin; Robert M. Franklin III and Julian M. DeShazier, and has two granddaughters.





The Atlanta Metro Chapter of the Morehouse College Alumni Association “Hall of Honor” celebrates individuals that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support the efforts of the Chapter and the purpse and mission of Morehouse College. Inductees have distinguished themselves as champions for education and service for our community at large for decades. Their tireless work has been inspirational to generations that have followed by being the living example of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays’s quote, “We make our living by what we get but we make our life by what we give.”

GRADY BREWER ’80 The 2017-18 basketball season was the 18th for Grady L. Brewer as the Morehouse College head basketball coach. Brewer hit the coaching ranks in grand fashion, after serving as an assistant coach for 13 years under legendary Morehouse coach Arthur McAfee, who coached him in college. During his 17 years as the Maroon Tigers’ head coach, Brewer has compiled a 361212 record. His record is second only to coach Arthur McAfee, in Morehouse history. During the last 18 years, Brewer has continued the Morehouse basketball tradition as one of the top Division II basketball programs in the country. During that time he has led Morehouse to five 20-win seasons, five SIAC regular season championships, an SIAC tournament championship and three NCAA tournament appearances. This past season, Brewer guided the Maroon Tigers to an 25-3 record and a spot in the SIAC tournament semifinals. An Atlanta native, Brewer played under the guidance of legendary high school coach Donald Dollar in the celebrated basketball program at Frederick Douglass High School. At Morehouse, Brewer lettered in each of his four years and started in his final two years. As a coach, Brewer served as an assistant coach at Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School and helped lead the Bulldogs to the 1987 Georgia 4-AAAA state championship. Brewer and his wife, the former Loletta Middleton, are the parents of three sons Ryan, Xavier and Jordan.

JOHN K. GRANT, SR. ’72 John K. Grant received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from Morehouse College in 1972. At Morehouse, John was a member of the football and track teams from19681972. He was selected All City-Football in all four seasons at Morehouse and an All-SIAC defensive back from 1969 through 1971. John also won the Golden Hamlet Award (1969) and Coach’s Athlete Award (1970), and signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 1972. He was inducted into the Extra Point Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. John Grant is a member of Israel Missionary Baptist Church and is married to Anna Roebuck Grant. They have three children: Lywanda, John Jr. and Nieco. John retired in 2008 from General Motors Corporation after 33 years of service.



ROBERT H. McMICHAEL, II ’64 Robert H. McMichael, II is a 4th generation Atlantan. He was educated in the public schools of Atlanta, graduating from Luther Judson Price High School in 1960. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morehouse College in 1964, did further study at Atlanta University in 1966 and received a Juris Doctor degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in 1981. His entire career was spent if the field of Criminal Justice. From 1967 to 1989 he served with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office as an Investigator, Special Intelligence Agent, and Chief Special Intelligence Agent. In November of 1989 he was appointed Interim Sheriff of Fulton County by then Governor Joe Frank Harris. He served until November of 1992 when he returned to the District Attorney’s Office as Chief Administrative Officer. In May of 1994 he was nominated by President Bill Clinton to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Georgia. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 4th 1994 and appointed on October 17th 1994. He served 6 years in the Clinton Administration and 2 years in the George W. Bush Administration. In February of 2003 he was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Judicial Correction Services, an Offender Management Company which supervised persons on probation in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. He retired in January 2014. During his career he held memberships in numerous professional organizations and served on several non profit boards of directors. He is a charter member of Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church. He is married to the former Kathye Ann Beard and the father of two daughters and one recently deceased son

JOHNNY POPWELL ’62 Johnny Popwell attended Morehouse College on an academic scholarship and graduated in 1962. While at Morehouse, he was awarded letters for outstanding participation in football, track and field, and swimming. Johnny’s career included stints in program management, sales, marketing and education. A man of many talents, Johnny is also a veteran actor, appearing in over thirty stage productions and twenty-five motion pictures and television movies. His acting prowess garnered him accolades such as the Atlanta Actor’s Award for Performance in “Emperor Jones” and the Atlanta Critics Award for Performance in “Benito Cereno”. Johnny’s other community involvement and memberships include Leadership Atlanta, the 100 Percent Wrong Club, the Butler Street YMCA, and the Atlanta Fun Bunch, Inc.



HALL OF HONOR 2012 2013 Joseph Arrington ’58 Dr. Joseph Draper ’57 Dr. Ira E. Harrison ’55 Marvin C. Mangham, Sr. ’48 Arthur McClung ’66 Dr. Harvey B. Smith ’43 Dr. Wilbur T. Leaphart ’58

Jim Barker ’64 Ronnie Jenkins ’67 Earl Nero ’72 John B. Smith ’58 Johnny Thomas ’63

2014 2015 Dr. Robert Michael Franklin ’75 Nathaniel Bruce Ingram ’62 C. David Moody, Jr. ’78 Jeffrey L. Riddle ’90 Munson Steed ’88 Eric “Tiger” Turner ’75 Calvin Vismale Jr. ’78

Michael Harris ’80 Dr. J.K. Haynes ’64 Joseph Wingfield, Sr. ’83 M. Bud Willis ’86

2016 2017 Henry M. Goodgame ’84 Clyde Hill, Jr. ’90 E. Lamar Maxey, Jr. ’93 James ‘Jim’ Montgomery ’72 Thomas N. Scott ’84

Dr. Marcellus Barksdale ’65 Hon. William ‘Bill’ Edwards ’72





DR. WILBUR T. LEAPHART ’58 FATHERHOOD AWARD The Leaphart Fatherhood Award is presented to a local father who is stalwart in his commitment to children while maintaining a successful balance between his personal, professional and family life. Dr. Wilbur T. Leaphart is a noted educator in the Atlanta area. He came to Atlanta from Waycross, Georgia to attend Morehouse College. After graduating from Morehouse in 1958, Dr. Leaphart went on to obtain a Masters of Education degree at the University of Florida and later a Doctor of Education from Clark Atlanta University. His career in education began as a teacher at the high school level first in Waycross and later in Atlanta. He then moved on to roles as an assistant principal and principal in middle and high schools in Atlanta, eventually retiring as a Secondary Division Administrator with Atlanta Public Schools. Dr. Leaphart most recently worked as an Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Leaphart is a tireless servant of those in his community and profession. He has held membership and leadership positions with such organizations as the National Education Association, the Georgia Association of Educators, the Atlanta Association of Educators, and the Georgia Association of Education Leaders. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Teachers Federal Credit Union and the Board Management of the Southeast Branch of the Metropolitan YMCA. A 50-plus year member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Dr. Leaphart is the chairman of Atlanta’s Eta Omega chapter scholarship committee, which annually awards scholarships to Atlanta-area high school seniors. Dr. Leaphart is a past president of the Atlanta Metro chapter of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association. He can often be found at the forefront of the chapter’s fundraising and scholarship efforts. He was honored on the national level with the Morehouse College National Alumni Association’s Outstanding Service Award in 2002, and with the College’s Presidential Award of Distinction in 2010. A Christian and family man above all, Dr. Leaphart has been married to Shirley Hanks Leaphart for nearly 50 years, and they raised two sons, Gregory T. and Brian T. Leaphart. The couple also have three grandchildren; Malik, Brittany and Ajani. The Leapharts have been very active members of Radcliff Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, where Dr. Leaphart was awarded Churchman of the Year in 2010.





When Coach Willie H. Hill was hired as the track and field coach, in 1989, the Director of Athletics, at the time, Arthur J. McAfee, remarked, “I’m confident that Mr. Hill will do an outstanding job with the Morehouse Track Program.” McAfee’s optimism was not imagined, as the intrepid Hill went on to resurrect Cross Country as a varsity sport in 1990 and immediately challenge the SIAC’s established programs. It has been in track and field, however, that Hill’s Flying Tiger teams have received national acclaim. The "thinclads" have entered the national spotlight, as runners and jumpers, and have captured championships and received All-America honors. Hill, a native of Pelham, South Carolina, was a standout in basketball, football and track, as a high school athlete. Upon graduation, he entered Ohio’s Central State University, where he quickly made a name for himself on both the gridiron and the cinders [track]. He was known as Will “The Thrill” Hill, for his exploits as an NAIA AllAmerica running back and nationally-ranked sprinter on the school’s track team. His sprint performances resulted in his earning All-America honors for three years. After a brief stint with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals, Hill returned to his alma mater in 1974 and began his coaching career. He served as an assistant with the women’s track team for two years. He was handed the reins of both the women’s and men’s team 1976. He also found the time to serve as defensive backfield coach for the Central State football team, for three seasons. Coach Hill has been at Morehouse since 1979 when he joined the football coaching staff. He served as the defensive coordinator of Maroon Tiger gridiron squads for 11 seasons, before assuming his duties with the Track and Field Program. Hill also served as a dormitory counselor, and through the years, became a father figure and mentor, not only to his athletes, but to scores of Morehouse students of every description. Despite having coached championship teams, countless All-America performers, individual conference and national championships, and being tapped seven times as SIAC Coach of the Year, Hill remains a humble and humane individual. He attributes his successes to study, discipline, and hard work. Commenting after winning the SIAC Outdoor Championship in 1996, Coach Hill said, “My satisfaction comes not so much from what I have done, but what the team has done.” He continued. “It’s all a matter of being knowledgeable about the meet’s events, not underestimating opponents, and having the ability to work with young people to be the best that they can be.” Coach Hill is married to the former Claudia Freeman of Clark’s Hill, South Carolina. The Hills are the proud parents of four children: Maurice, Tarika, LaPaul, and Takira. A close-knit and supportive family, the Hill clan can often be seen working together at many of coach’s track meets.



MARVIN C. MANGHAM, SR. ’48 MENTORSHIP AWARD The Mangham Mentorship Award recognizes an individual who has mentored and guided young people towards the attainment of their educational and professional endeavors. Marvin C. Mangham, Sr. (March 22, 1919-November 26, 1978) was born in Pike County, Georgia; he was the youngest son of a sharecropper family. He moved to Atlanta several years later, and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1937. Following his high school graduation, he attended one year at Clark College but dropped out due to financial difficulties. He was drafted to the U.S. Army during World War II and fought in the European Theater. With assistance from the G.I. Bill, he attended Morehouse College and graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Morehouse, Mangham became an entrepreneur, selling pies and cakes across campus; he was known by everyone on campus and was nicknamed ‘The Pie Man’. He married the former Delores Winkfield, who worked in the Registrar’s office at Morehouse. They had two children; Marvin Jr. ’69 and Lolita Saxon (Spelman ’72). Mangham was employed as an insurance agent for 12 years of several insurance agencies in Atlanta and Houston, eventually becoming manager of an agency before he left for employment with the federal government. He worked in different agencies for 18 years before he retired in 1978. However his longest tenure with the federal government was with the Federal Aviation Administration. Mangham was an active and long-time member of First Congregational Church where he served in various leadership capacities. Having pledged Omega Psi Phi at Morehouse, he remained an active member of his fraternity. He was also a member of the Pine Acres Country Club. Besides his love for his family, Mangham was devoted to Morehouse College. He became active in the Atlanta Morehouse Club in the late 1950s and became Treasurer in the late 1960s. He served in the capacity until his death. He was also active in the Morehouse College Torchbearers. It was a family ritual to attend Morehouse events such as the Annual Christmas Concert and Morehouse homecoming every year. Within his community, he was always actively recruiting young men to attend Morehouse College. With his roles in the Atlanta Morehouse Club and the Morehouse College Torchbearers, Mangham mentored many a young man to become active and involved alumni.





Alvin H. Darden, III ‘72, is the Associate Dean of the College for the First Year Experience and Dean of the Freshman Class at Morehouse College. He has worked in the capacity of Class Dean for twenty-two years. In his dean role, he has provided guidance and support for the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Classes. He oversees the College’s New Student Orientation (NSO) Program (co-directs), Pre-Freshman Summer Enrichment Program (PSEP), The Morehouse College Summer Academy, and administers the Freshman Orientation/Seminar Course. He serves as an advisor to the Morehouse College Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Program, and the Morehouse Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society. He has personally academically advised, mentored and counseled hundreds of students and has overseen programs, activities and events that have served over 12,000 Morehouse students throughout his twenty- three-year tenure at the college. Dean Darden graduated from Morehouse College in 1972. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. In 1977, he earned a Juris Doctor Degree from North Carolina Central University, School of Law. Dean Darden has been recognized by several organizations and groups for his service over the years. Those distinctions include the 2018 Morehouse Parents Council Service Award, the 100 Black Men of America’s 2016 Trailblazer in Education, numerous awards from Morehouse freshman classes, and the 2007 Alumnus of the Year by the Morehouse College National Alumni Association. In 200, the “Dean Alvin Darden Scholarship” emergency fund was established for students needing books and supplies. Dean Darden has more than forty-six years of administrative, managerial and quasi-legal experience in academic, public, and private sector environments. Prior to returning to Morehouse, Alvin Darden dedicated twenty-three years of professional service to the field of civil and human rights that have positively affected the lives of countless of African Americans. Specifically, he has worked in the areas of African male development and education, criminal justice, fair housing, equal employment, employment and training, and community empowerment. Dean Darden is married to Dr. Truddie E. Darden, an administrator and pediatrician at the Morehouse School of Medicine. He has two daughters (both Spelman Alumnae), a son (Morehouse Alumnus), and three grandchildren. His family is a member of Cascade United Church in Atlanta, Ga.



DR. JOSEPH DRAPER ’57 SERVICE AWARD The Dr. Joseph Draper Service Award is given to a member of the Atlanta community has who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make outstanding contributions to our society through selfless acts of service. The award is named after 1957 graduate of Morehouse College, Dr. Joseph Draper. While at Morehouse, Dr. Draper majored in Sociology and minored in Education. He was also an active member of the Organized Veterans of Morehouse College, and American Legion Post 574. He was inducted in the Alpha Kappa Delta National Sociological Honor Society. He completed all of his graduate studies at Atlanta University; Master of Arts (1965), Specialist in Education degree (1972) and a Doctorate in Education (1985). Upon graduation from Morehouse, Dr. Draper began a long and distinguished career with the Atlanta Public School System. In the school system he served as a teacher where he distinguished himself as a talented, resourceful, and caring educator. He was soon promoted to Administrative Assistant, and after two years in that post he was promoted to Principal. After only seven years as Principal, he was promoted to Director, and given responsibility for Environmental Services throughout Atlanta Public Schools. He retired from this post in 1996. Dr. Draper also served in the U.S. Military during the Korean War and remained in the military as a reserve officer until he retired at the rank of Major, U.S. Army. Dr. Draper formerly served as Associate Executive Director of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association for more than 3 years. Dr. Draper is very active in the community; currently serving on the board at the Butler Street YMCA, Chairman of the Southside Branch Board of Managers, and Director of the Skyline Civitan Club. Joseph Draper is a very active and supportive alumnus of the College, the Morehouse Atlanta Metro Alumni Chapter and the National Alumni Association.





Rodney Bullard leads Chick-fil-A’s community engagement and philanthropic strategy as Vice President of Community Affairs and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. Before coming to Chick-fil-A, Rodney served as an Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting complex criminal cases. For his service, the United States Attorney General presented him with the Department of Justice Director’s Award. Prior to this role, Rodney was selected as a White House Fellow, the nation’s most prestigious public service Fellowship. As a White House Fellow, Rodney was placed at NASA working directly for the NASA Administrator. Rodney also previously served at the Pentagon as a Congressional Legislative Liaison in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. Rodney is an alumnus of the Air Force Academy, Duke Law, the University of Georgia and the Harvard Business School. He recently released his first book, “Heroes Wanted: Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out.”



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2017 - Robert Bolton ’86, President, CEO, R.H. Bolton, Inc. 2016 - Dr. David Satcher ’63, Founding Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute 2015 - ­Mr. Illya E. Davis ’90, Lecturer, Morehouse College/Clark Atlanta University 2014 - Mr. Kevin Booker ’90, Associate Dean, Morehouse College 2013 - Dr. Duane Jackson ’74, Psychology Professor, Morehouse College 2012 ­- Andre’ Pattillo ’79, Athletic Director, Morehouse College 2011 - H. Lamar Willis, Esq. ’93, Atlanta City Councilman


2017 - Mawuli Mel Davis, Esq., Founding Partner, Davis Bozeman Law Firm 2016 - Dr. Glenn Toby, Philanthropist 2015 - Milton J. Little, Jr. ’76, President, United Way of Greater Atlanta 2014 - Mark Wilson, President & CEO, eVerifile 2013 - Louis Negron ’97, Founder/ President, Negron Education Services 2012 - Don Doran, Executive Director, Drew Charter School 2011 - Sterling Hudson, CEO, Child First USA


2017 - Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock ’91, Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church 2016 - Javarro “Jay” Edward ’93, Founder, JME Group, LLC 2015 ­- James “Jay” Bailey, CEO, Southeastern Region, Operation HOPE 2014 - Eugene Duffy ’78, Sr. Partner, Intercontinental Real Estate Co. 2013 - Justin Tanner, Esq., Legislative Asst., Office of Mayor Kasim Reed 2012 - Dr. James Bennett, Urologist, Midtown Urology 2011 - David Jernigan, Executive Director, KIPP Metro Atlanta

DR. TOBE JOHNSON ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017 - Rev. Rodney L. Howard ’76, Pastor, Victory in Praise COGIC



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DR. TOBE JOHNSON ’54 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR AWARD Tobe Johnson is the longest-serving faculty member in Morehouse College history, having taught at the College for 59 years. Dr. Johnson came to Morehouse as a student at the age of 16. He briefly left school to work in a steel mill in Birmingham, Alabama, and then joined the military, spending a few years in Japan. After he was discharged, he immediately returned to Morehouse where he earned a political science degree in 1954. He joined the faculty at Morehouse in 1958, and then went on to earn a doctorate in political science from Columbia University in 1963, thanks to a stipend he received from his native state of Alabama. In his time at Morehouse, Johnson has been interim dean of humanities and social sciences, as well as professor and chair of the political science department. He has significantly shaped the political science curriculum, and the department as a whole, with each political science major over the past 59 years likely having taken a class from him. (And he has also shepherded the graduation of thousands of Morehouse Men while serving as the mace-bearer and chief ceremonial marshal for Commencement for years.) Among the numerous Morehouse Men Dr. Johnson taught and mentored were Atlanta's first black mayor, Maynard Jackson '56, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson ’79, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell ’91, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard ’72, and Harvard Law School professor Ronald Sullivan Jr. ’89 and Birmingham’s youngest mayor, Randall Woodfin ‘03. At the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year, in which Morehouse celebrated 150 years of existence and 50 years after Dr. Johnson’s mentor Benjamin E. Mays ended his historic tenure as the College’s president, Dr. Johnson retired from Morehouse. Although retiring, he will continue to teach one class at Morehouse next year. It is Dr. Tobe Johnson’s unwavering commitment to Morehouse and her students that led the Atlanta Metro Alumni Chapter to name its annual Alumnus of the Year award in his honor.





Rodney L. Howard, Sr. is a native of Hartford, CT. Pursuing his childhood dream to be an elementary school teacher, he came to Atlanta to attend Morehouse and graduated in 1976 with a BA in Child Development/ Elementary Education. A resourceful, creative, and caring educator, Alumnus Howard taught for 30 years in elementary grades K-5 for the Atlanta Public School System. Rodney was selected Teacher of the Year for the 2005-2006 school year at Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School and retired in 2007. For the last 10 years he continues educating students as a long term substitute teacher in Fulton School System elementary schools. Alumnus Howard has also served in the ministry on the local, state, and national levels for 40 years. As a pastor, he organized Victory in Praise Church of God in Christ (COGIC) on April 21, 1997; he is a third generation COGIC pastor in his family. He was appointed the first Chief Adjutant for the Western Georgia Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ and serves as a National Adjutant for the Church of God in Christ Worldwide, Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., Presiding Bishop. Alumnus Howard is a Life Member of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association. He has served as an active volunteer for the Office of Alumni Engagement for 18 years during Homecomings and “Gathering of Men” Reunions at Commencement. Rodney is also the Class Agent Co-Chairman of the Illustrious Class of 1976 and dedicated to the Atlanta Metro Alumni Chapter. Rodney is the proud father of three adult children, Rodney II, Sterling and Veronda, and grandfather of Ryan, Mason and Royce. He has a daughter-in-law, Alexis Bowen Howard, and a son-in-law, Shawn Williams. Alumnus Howard believes that all Morehouse Alumni should give themselves in loyalty, and be steadfast, honest and true to Dear Old Morehouse.



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