In honor of the great Martin Luther King Jr., today’s blog post brings us back to the 3026 Series and puts into the spotlight Dr. King’s undergraduate alma mater, Georgia’s Morehouse College. During his high school years, World War II was raging on in Europe and, as a policy to help recruit new students at a time when many were putting their studies aside, Morehouse College put into place an initiative through which all high school juniors who passed its entrance exam could begin their studies at the college. MLK, who had already skipped the 9th grade, took and passed the entrance exam, which earned the 15 year old entrance to Morehouse College in 1944. Martin Luther King Jr. was not the first in his family to attend the college, as his grandfather and father had also attended Morehouse, graduating in the Classes of 1898 and 1930, respectively. While at the college, MLK studied sociology and also came into contact with many individuals who would help to shape the man that he would become, including the college’s then-President, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, and his favorite teacher, Dr. George Kelsey, who “set an example of what an ideal minister could be, someone who could combine the tradition of religion with the issues faced in the modern world.” Today, Morehouse College is home to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, which includes “drafts of the I Have a Dream speech, King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, and sermons from his ministry and personal notes.” Wow!
Morehouse College is a liberal arts, all-male, historically black college, located in Atlanta. Established in 1867, just two years after the end of the Civil War, the school was originally called the Augusta Institute. Throughout the college’s rich history, its mission has remained the same: “To produce academically superior, morally conscious leaders for the conditions and issues of today…Morehouse is poised to become the epicenter of ethical leadership as we continue to develop leaders who are spiritually disciplined, intellectually astute and morally wise.” In terms of the college’s rigorous academics, students select one of 26 majors across the college’s three academic divisions: Science & Mathematics, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Business Administration & Economics. Morehouse College is also a member of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, the world’s “largest consortia of African American private institutions of higher education.” Furthermore, the college can boast of producing a number of Rhodes Scholars, those who earn postgraduate awards “supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals.” Very cool! If you’d like to learn more about Morehouse College, click here. And if you have a dream of attending Morehouse College, you should definitely visit the admissions page – it’s the first step towards achieving that goal!
Whether you end up attending Morehouse College or another institution, you can’t yet know what the future holds for you as an undergraduate student. However, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Don’t be afraid to take those first steps on the journey to college – it’s a journey well-worth making!