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Torrance T. Stephens is an infectious disease scientist by training who is now running for mayor in Palmetto, Georgia. The Memphis native is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he studied psychology, biology and chemistry. Stephens received a master’s degree in educational psychology and measurement from Atlanta University and a Ph.D. in counseling from Clark…

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Just a day after getting one of Tyler Perry’s gigantic sound stages named in her honor in Atlanta, Oprah Winfrey handed off a gift in the form of another multimillion-dollar gift to iconic Morehouse College. The billionaire media maven, 65, announced she is giving $13 million more to continue the scholarship fund, pushing her total…

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There is a reason Nina Simone’s “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,”  James Brown’s “Say It Loud! (I’m Black and I’m Proud)” and Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s “Be Real Black For Me” are treasures in the Black community. They are anthems extolling Black beauty, Black intelligence and Black self-worth. These musical love letters to…

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Black billionaire and philanthropist Robert Smith made national news with his pledge to pay the student loan debt of the graduating class of 2019 at Morehouse College. His actions were praised by the vast majority and reviled by those opposed to his wealth and his gift to the students at the HBCU. Now Smith is…

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  Thousands of students who attend HBCUs will become graduates this month. Before the grads enter the real world, it’s important for them to receive keen advice from commencement speakers who can provide words of encouragement. Here are 10 powerful HBCU commencement speakers for 2019. Marc H. Morial, Grambling University Marc H. Morial serves as president and…

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In the upcoming weeks, thousands of students who attend HBCUs will become graduates. Before the grads enter the real world, it’s important for them to receive keen advice from commencement speakers who can provide words of encouragement. Here are five powerful HBCU commencement speakers for 2019. Robert F. Smith, Morehouse College Robert F. Smith, founder…

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Atlanta is a bastion of Black intellectual capital cultivated in music, business and centers of higher education, including Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hailed from Atlanta and attended Morehouse, where he studied under African American intellectuals like Benjamin E. Mays and forged a relationship with a spiritual…

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During her years as a student at the prestigious Spelman College in Atlanta, Jasmine Walker was actively involved in numerous activities on the campus of the private women’s HBCU in Atlanta. She was a Morehouse College cheerleader as well as a dancer with Mahogany-N-Motion, the group of Spelman women who perform with Morehouse College “House of Funk” Marching Band. And…

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