Founded in 1867, Morehouse College is known for producing black men of excellence out of Atlanta, Ga. We often hear graduates differentiate between the terms “Man of Morehouse” versus a “Morehouse Man” so we wanted to speak directly with graduates and get their take on what the Morehouse effect is all about.
Graduation year- 2020
What was your life like before attending Morehouse College?
I was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. My father was in the military and my mother is an educator, so school was always a very big thing in my house. As a kid, I was involved a lot in extra curricular activities such as Future Business Leaders of America, SGA, and our high school marching band. Above all else, I was a standout baseball player who dreamed of playing in the Major Leagues. On the weekends, I had a job bussing tables and washing dishes at a local restaurant.
What inspired your decision to attend Morehouse ?
In high school, I was pretty much set on going to an HBCU. I fell in love with NC A&T, especially after I got interest from their baseball team. It was not until I had a conversation with J Cole at a local restaurant that I gave Morehouse a visit. He mentioned how he enjoyed speaking to a class at Morehouse. Once I stepped foot on campus, I never wanted to leave.
Are there other HBCU graduates in your family or are you first generation?
I have family who have attended Hampton, FAMU, and Fayetteville State. I am the first to attend Morehouse College.
How did attending Morehouse College transform you into the man you are today ?
Outside of the educational lessons, Morehouse paired me with some of the most talented and passionate classmates in the world. It opened me to a network of amazing men who have helped shape my outlook on life itself.
What were some of the most memorable moments of your HBCU experience?
There were many experiences that have shaped my time at Morehouse. The school gave me an opportunity to live out a dream and play college baseball. My sophomore year I was blessed enough to join Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated through the Alpha Rho Chapter. Alpha holds a special place in my heart. Outside of these milestones, my most memorable l moment was walking the stage in 2021 after not being able to host a commencement in 2020.
Leave us with some words of advice for future Morehouse Men
Work smart and be yourself. Everything else will fall where it is supposed to
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