President Obama will be delivering the commencement speech at Morehouse College in Atlanta this May.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quotes a White House official, who says the President chose Morehouse because it’s “[k]nown for its high standard for excellence in learning and social consciousness, Morehouse is home to a long list of notable alumni that spans the last three centuries.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. graduated from Morehouse.
This year is a significant one because of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and the centennial anniversary of the Morehouse name. The school was called Atlanta Baptist College until 1913.
The school’s President, John Silvanus Wilson Jr., who has been on the job for less than a month said, “The president’s life story trumpets an ethic that we try to instill in all Morehouse men, namely excellence without apology or compromise.” Already, President Wilson has been on NPR to talk about how to keep Morehouse — and all HBCUs — relevant. (Our readers had some thoughts as well.)
President Obama delivered the commencement speech at Barnard College, an all-women’s college, last year.