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Brennan Woods English Composition102 G Professor Walton April 21 st , 2010 A Candle In The Dark: A Lighthouse to The World Despite the political, social issues after the civil, and early academic education of blacks, Morehouse, early on, lifted its “candle in the dark” by stressing the academic preparation of its students for leadership positions through emphasis on a liberal arts curriculum. Such an emphasis has earned the college a stellar academic reputation; its historical record of graduates reads. Morehouse has a proud tradition of creating great leaders. From its humble and in spacious beginning till now, Morehouse has been charged with creating “Renaissance Men with a Social Conscience.” Morehouse College recently celebrated its 143rd anniversary as being a premier learning institution for educating black men. Founded two years after the Civil War, the college has grown from thirty seven students to three-thousand students. Through hallow halls such as Mays Hall, students come together as brothers striving to reach the crown that Mother Morehouse holds above their heads. Morehouse College was founded by three men Richard C. Coulter, of Augusta, Georgia, a slave who had gone to Virginia as a valet for his owner and who later to Washington, D.C and Philadelphia, seeking freedom; the Reverend Edmund Turney, who had organized the National theological Institute for the education of freemen in the nations’ capital; and, William Jefferson White, an August Baptist minister and cabinetmaker (Jones 19). Morehouse College was founded in 1867, two years after the Civil War, under its original name The Augusta Institute. The first home of the college was in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church with thirty- seven students enrolled. That number later increased to 60 students the following year. As a
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result of numerous problems such as finances, limited literate staff, and resources the institution was temporary suspended until 1871. That same year, Dr. Joseph Thomas Roberts took over as the First President of Morehouse College despite the white neighborhood which disapproved of the institution and any white who dared to identify with the unpopular causes of Negro education (Jones 32). Roberts did an excellent job maintaining the school during rigorous times. Because of Dr. Roberts, future president such as Benjamin Elijah Mays were able to pick up the torch of leading this institution while using him as a reference in times of disparity. Like Roberts, Mays was faced with many obstacles in maintaining the school. Racial tensions made the school prime targets for attacks, yet the school has maintained and continues to with its mission of excellence. In 1929, Morehouse joined the Atlantic University Center (AUC), a joint collaborative center of Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morris Brown and International Denomination Theological Center. The purpose of the unification was to create a
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