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Gordon L. Joyner ’72 Urges Students and Alumni to Support Each Other and Morehouse

Morehouse’s B.R. Brazeal Alumni Day Crown Forum speaker Gordon L. Joyner ’72 urged men of Morehouse and Morehouse Men to stand up for each other, their communities and their alma mater.

Joyner then got a freshman from the audience to come to the stage and hand him a $5,000 check to give to President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79 for the ForeverMorehouse campaign.  The campaign is to raise alumni giving to 65 percent and raise $10 million by May 19, the day President Barack Obama delivers the 129th Commencement address.

“This is Morehouse College,” Joyner said.  “This is who we are.  This is who we always aspire to be. Thank you, Morehouse College, for all that you have done for me and all that you have enabled me to do. I love Morehouse College and I always will.”

It was one of the highlights of the annual program that honors Brazeal, a former academic dean and economics professor who was also an author and a civil rights activist.

“Academic excellence and community service were the hallmarks of Dr. Brazeal’s career,” said Henry Goodgame ’84, director of Alumni Relations, Annual Giving and Special Events.

After Joyner’s speech, the results of the annual B.R. Brazeal Award contest winners were announced. From a pool of 42 competitors, junior Thavon T. Davis, a business accounting and economics major, won first while senior political science major Joshua McKinney was second and Reginald T. Burroughs, a junior political science major, finished third.