Morehouse College is pleased to announce it’s plans for
Founder’s Week 2013
Parent’s Weekend and
25th Annual “A Candle in the Dark” Gala.
Celebrating the 146th Founder’s Day Anniversary and the 25th Annual “A Candle in the Dark” Gala
Each February, during Morehouse’s annual Founder’s Week celebration, the College’s alumni, friends and supporters gather for a memorable event, the “A Candle in the Dark” Gala. The Gala, which takes its name from the book that officially chronicles Morehouse’s history, serves as one of the College’s major annual fund-raising activities. Its goal is to generate revenue for the institution’s endowed scholarship fund.
The black-tie event is designed to highlight the College’s tradition of producing leaders, showcase the oratorical skills of Morehouse students and pay tribute to nationally acclaimed African Americans who are pioneers and leaders in their respective fields. Honorees are presented with either a “Bennie” or a “Candle” award.
Bennie awards, bestowed upon alumni, offer recognition in the categories of service, achievement and trailblazing. The award is named in honor of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, who served as Morehouse’s president from 1940 to 1967.
Candle recipients, who are not Morehouse graduates, are honored for excellence in a variety of fields including the arts, athletics, business, education, entertainment, government, law, medicine, the military, religion, and science and technology.
The Gala has grossed more than $7.6 million since its inception, with proceeds benefitting the Morehouse College General Scholarship Fund.
Ticket Purchase Deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2013 – Click here to purchase tickets.
Founder’s Week Highlights
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Founder’s Day Convocation Speaker:
Bobby Donaldson, Ph.D. – Nation’s leading expert on the the College’s Founder, William Jefferson White, Professor of History and African American Studies, University of South Carolina
Also, we will formally welcome the 11th President of Morehouse College, Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. ’79
Friday, February 15, 2013
Founder’s Day Presidential Symposium and Town Hall
1:00-3:00 pm – Shirley A. Massey Executive Leadership Center
Theme: Innovations in Educating African American Students throughout the Academic Pipeline
Dr. Howard L. Fuller
Distinguished Professor of Education and Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning, Marquette University
Rev. Marvin Sapp
Co-Founder, The Grand Rapids Ellington Academy Of Arts and Technology; Pastor, The Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, MI; Gospel Recording Artist
Dr. Ivory A. Toldson
Associate professor at Howard University, senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and editor-in-chief of “The Journal of Negro Education”.
Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79
Executive Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black College and Universities and President-elect, Morehouse College
Dr. Bryant Marks ’94
Associate Professor of Psychology and Executive Director of the Morehouse Research Institute, Moderator
Founder’s Day Concert
8:00p.m. – Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
Featuring – R & B Artist Eric Benet
Ticket Prices: $50 VIP, $35 General Seating, $15 Faculty/Staff/Students with ID
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Reflections of Excellence
11:00 am – Ray Charles Performing Arts Center
All students, alumni, faculty, staff , parents and friends are invited for this inspiring panel discussion featuring our 2013 Bennie and Candle Honorees.
A Candle in the Dark Gala
6:00pm – Hyatt Regency Atlanta
25th Anniversary of the “A Candle in the Dark” Gala Dinner, Dancing & Awards
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Founder’s Day Worship Service
11:00 am – Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
Speaker: Rev. Willie D. Francois III ’09 Minister of Christian Education and Discipleship Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston, TX
Morehouse College Glee Club Concert
4:00 pm – Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
No Charge for Admission
This is sure to be a week to remember. Make your reservations today!! Make your reservations early:
Hyatt Regency Atlanta – 265 Peachtree Street – Atlanta, GA 30303 – 1-800-233-1234 – Rate: $149.00
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