Morehouse College Bennie Award and Candle Award Recipients 2013

Founder’s Day Honorees

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.

This year’s Candle in the Dark Gala will be on Saturday, February 16.  Six honorees will receive the awards. Please read more about their exciting and influential work below. Congratulations!


Bennie awards, bestowed upon Morehouse College 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.




Bobby Donaldson   Milton J. Little, Jr.   Wills B. Sheftall Jr.
Calvin Mackie ’90

Author, Educator, Engineer and Motivational Speaker

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  Milton J. Little, Jr. ’76

President and CEO

United Way of Greater Atlanta

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  Willis B. Sheftall, Jr. ’64

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Economics

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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.




Charles F. Bolden   Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr.   Laurence J. Fishburne III
Charles F. Bolden

NASA Administrator and Famed Astronaut

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  Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr.

Founder and CEO

Bridgeman Foods, Inc.

Former NBA Star

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  Laurence J. Fishburne III

Critically Acclaimed Actor, Director and Producer

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