Tyler Perry (Photo source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service) Tyler Perry (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Services)

According to Morehouse College’s president, close to 300 HBCUs have closed in the nation’s history. At 150 years old, Morehouse College has proved that its commitment to creating the best and brightest has been the key to its success. Last week, the college celebrated its sesquicentennial and held the Candle in the Dark Gala at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Atlanta. Gathered were the Black elite of not only Atlanta but from across the United States.

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Melvin Bolton, Morehouse College Alumnus- Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Dr. Kevin Rome and Morehouse College Dean Dr. Lawrence Carter Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Lieutenant Colonel Keith C. Moore (’92)- (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

Lieutenant Colonel Keith C. Moore (’92)- (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College President Emeritus Dr. Robert Franklin Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Actor Keith David and Rolling Out Publisher Munson Steed (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Fulton County Commissioner John Eaves and son Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College President John S. Wilson Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Usher Raymond Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Dr. Tobe Johnson- Professor and former chair of the Morehouse College Political Science Department. He will retire this year after 59 years. (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Ambassador Andrew Young Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Gala” 2017 (Photo Source: Mo Barnes for Steed Media Service)

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.