Founder's Day

Event Schedule

Thursday, Feb. 11
Founder's Day Convocation

11 a.m. EST

The speaker for the convocation will be Rev. Ernest Andrew Brooks, III, Class of 2005, who is a senior associate at Isaacson, Miller, Inc.  He was appointed president and CEO of the Academy of Preachers, Inc. in 2017. An ordained Baptist minister, Ernest previously served as Senior Pastor of the Mount Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Williamston, North Carolina and assistant dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.  Thursday continues with “An Evening with Isabel Wilkerson.” Wilkerson is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of New York Times bestseller "Caste" and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning "The Warmth of Other Suns." She also received the National Humanities Medal for “championing the stories of an unsung history.”

View the Convocation on YouTube and read the program.

An Evening with Isabel Wilkerson

7 p.m. EST

An Evening with Isabel Wilkerson Pulitzer Prize-winning Author "Caste: The Origins of our Discontents" 
154th Founder's Thurman Thursday Lecture and Conversation
Moderator: Dr. Leah Creque, Professor of English, and Director of the Howard Thurman Honors Program

Register to attend.

Friday, Feb. 12
Reflections of Excellence

1 p.m. EST

Award-Winning CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield will host Reflections of Excellence, a discussion with each Candle in the Dark Gala honoree.

Reflections of Excellence is a poignant panel discussion that brings the audience up close and personal with the year's Candle and Bennie honorees. This program provides an opportunity for the entire Morehouse College community to get to know these exemplary examples of greatness. This discussion reveals untold experiences, advice and wisdom, which inspires all those in attendance and especially encourages the Men of Morehouse to chart their own paths towards excellence.

Watch Reflections of Excellence on YouTube and read the program.

Professional Development Symposium: Getting Ready for the New Economy 

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST

The Morehouse College National Alumni Association presents the "Professional Development Symposium: Getting Ready for the New Economy." It will bring leading experts will guide you in transforming your career, learning strategies to work in a virtual environment, and overcoming racial bias and microaggression at work.

Experienced industry experts will guide you in transforming your career, developing strategies to deliver in a highly functioning virtual environment, and thinking through overcoming racial bias and micoaggression at work.

This will be one of the best professional development events you will attend all year.

The symposium:

  • Provides a specialized, intergenerational opportunity for HBCU alumni to plan for career progression and what skills will be in demand in a changing economy.
  • Develops strategies to be productive despite the difficulties imposed by distance and isolation.
  • Identifies and/or expand opportunities for HBCU alumni seeking career changes.
  • Provides a professional game plan for overcoming the potential threat of racial bias at work.

Space is limited. Register today.

This virtual event is proudly sponsored by Amazon and DTCC.

Saturday, Feb. 13
33rd Annual A Candle in the Dark (Virtual) Gala

7:30 p.m. EST

Hosted by Chris Tucker, comedian, actor, producer, and humanitarian, the Gala honors leaders with either a Candle or Bennie Award in recognition of excellence in a variety of fields, including athletics, business, education, entertainment, government, law, military service, religion and science and technology. The Bennie Award, named for noted educator Benjamin E. Mays, honors Morehouse graduates while the Candle Award recognizes non-graduates.

Watch "A Candle in the Dark" Gala and read the program.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Vesper Hour

5:30 p.m. EST

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III '92, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ will lead Vesper Hour, which concludes Founder's Week 2021.

Watch the service live on Facebook.