February 14, 2014

On this day February 14th

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

February 14, 1867 Morehouse College organized in Augusta, Georgia. The institution was later moved to Atlanta. New registration law in Tennessee abolished racial distinctions in voting.

In 1867, two years after the Civil War ended, Augusta Theological Institute was established in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia. Founded in 1787, Springfield Baptist is the oldest independent African American church in the United States. The school’s primary purpose was to prepare black men for ministry and teaching. Today, Augusta Theological Institute is Morehouse College, which is located on a 66-acre campus in Atlanta and enjoys an international reputation for producing leaders who have influenced national and world history.

Augusta Theological Institute was founded by The Rev. William Jefferson White, an Augusta Baptist minister, cabinetmaker and journalist, with the encouragement of The Rev. Richard C. Coulter, a former slave from Augusta, Georgia, and The Rev. Edmund Turney, organizer of the National Theological Institute for educating freedmen in Washington, D.C. From 1867 to 1871, White appointed five ministers to serve as Augusta Institute principals: James W. Parker, J. Mason Rice, Charles Henry Corey, Lucian Hayden and W.D. Siegfried. White appointed The Rev. Dr. Joseph T. Robert, a trained minister and physician and the father of the author of Robert’s Rules of Order, the Institute’s first president.

Prominent Alumni Includes

Lerone Bennett Jr. '49 Former Executive editor of Ebony magazine

Sanford D. Bishop Jr. '68 U.S. congressman (Georgia)

Nathaniel Hawthorne Bronner '40* Founder of Bronner Brothers Beauty Cosmetics

Calvin O. Butts III '72 Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York, NY; President, SUNY Old Westbury Campus

Herman Cain '67 Founder and CEO, T.H.E. New Voice, Inc. (The Hermanator Experience, a motivational program for corporations and non-profits); Former Chairman of Godfather's Pizza Inc.

Peter Chatard '56 Distinguished plastic surgeon; Founder of the Chatard Plastic Surgery Center and the Aesteem Outpatient Surgery Center, Seattle, Washington

Don Clendenon '56 New York Mets outfielder; 1969 World Series MVP

Julius Coles '64 Former President of Africare and former USAID Mission Director to Senegal and Swaziland

Samuel Dubois Cook '48 Former President, Dillard University; former member of the National Council on Humanities

Chester A. Davenport '63 Managing Director, Georgetown Partners; Chairman, GTE Consumer Services Corp.

Robert C. Davidson, Jr. '67 Chairman and CEO, Surface Protection Industries; Member, Morehouse College Board of Trustees

Abraham Davis '61 Professor of Political Science, Morehouse College; author

Harold A. Dawson Sr. '63 Chairman, Harold A. Dawson Construction

Ralph B. Everett, Esq. '73 President and CEO, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Henry W. Foster Jr. '54 Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Meharry Medical School; physician; U.S. presidential advisor

Robert Michael Franklin '75 President Emeritus, Morehouse College; Presidential fellow and professor, Emory University, former president of the Interdenominational Theological Seminary (ITC)

Hugh M. Gloster Sr. '31 President Emeritus, Morehouse College 1967–1987

George W. Haley '49 U.S. Ambassador to Gambia, Africa; former U.S. Postal Rate Commissioner

Lt. Gen. James R. Hall '57, USA (Ret.) Retired Lt. General U.S. Army; former Vice President for Campus Operations, Morehouse College

Earl F. Hilliard '64 U.S. Congressman (Alabama)

Donald R. Hopkins Sr. '62 Senior Consultant, Carter Presidential Center; Director, Guinea Worm Eradication Program

M. William Howard Jr. '68 Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church; (retired) President, New York Theological Seminary

Maynard H. Jackson '56* first African-American mayor of Atlanta

Samuel L. Jackson '72 Academy Award nominee, stage and film actor

Howard E. Jeter '70 U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria; former U.S. Ambassador to Botswana

Arthur E. Johnson '68 President and COO, Lockheed Martin Information Services Sector

Jeh Johnson '79 General Counsel, U.S. Dept. of Defense

Mordecai Johnson '11* Former President, Howard University, Washington, D.C., (first African-American to serve in this position)

Robert E. Johnson '48 Former Executive Editor and Associate Publisher, JET magazine

Leroy Keith Jr. '61 President Emeritus, Morehouse College; Chairman of the Board, Carson Products; former President, Morehouse College

Thomas Kilgore Jr. '31 Pastor Emeritus, Second Baptist Church

Martin Luther King Jr. '48* Nobel Peace Prize laureate and civil rights leader

Shelton "Spike" Lee '79 Filmmaker and President, 40 Acres & A Mule

Reginald C. Lindsay '67 U.S. federal judge, Massachusetts

Michael L. Lomax '68 President, Dillard University; former President, The National Faculty

Robert L. Mallett '79 Former deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce; senior vice president, Pfizer Corporation; president, Pfizer Foundation

Walter E. Massey '58 Former President, Morehouse College; former Director, National Science Foundation; former Dean, College at Brown University; former Provost, University of California System

Richard I. McKinney '31 Former President, Storer College; Chairman, Philosophy Department, Morgan State University

Charles David "C.D." Moody '78 President and CEO, Moody Construction

Edwin C. Moses '78 Olympic gold medalist and financial consultant

Otis Moss Jr. '56 Pastor, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio; Chairman, Morehouse College Board of Trustees

James M. Nabrit '23* Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; second African-American president of Howard University

Samuel M. Nabrit '25 Former member, Atomic Energy Commission; former president of Texas Southern University, first African American to receive the Ph.D. from Brown University

Bill G. Nunn III '76 stage and film actor

Major R. Owens '56 Retired U.S. congressman (New York)

Roderic I. Pettigrew '72 Physician and nuclear physicist, National Institutes of Health

David Satcher '63 Director, National Center for Primary Care, Morehouse School of Medicine; former U.S. Surgeon General; former president, Meharry and the Morehouse School of Medicine

Maceo K. Sloan '71 Chairman and CEO, Sloan Financial Group Inc.

Louis W. Sullivan '54 Founder and former president, Morehouse School of Medicine; former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

Howard Thurman '23* internationally known theologian and author

Nima A. Warfield '94 First African-American Rhodes Scholar from a historically black college or university

Charles Vert Willie '48 Distinguished Professor of Education and Urban Studies, Harvard University

John Silvanus Wilson Jr. '79 11th President, Morehouse College; former executive director, White House Initiative on HBCUs

* deceased

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