Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

CONGRESSMAN BISHOP STATEMENT ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND THE 150th ANNIVERSARY OF MOREHOUSE COLLEGE

Feb 15, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr (GA-02) released the following statement celebrating Black History Month and congratulating Morehouse College for 150 years of cultivating African American Leadership:

“This Black History Month, I want to take time to recognize and congratulate my alma mater, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia on its sesquicentennial anniversary. For 150 years, Morehouse has educated, trained, and cultivated African American leaders.

“Many notable men gained the knowledge and training at Morehouse that enabled them to become some of the greatest influencers of our time, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; noted theologian, Dr. Howard Thurman; civil rights leader, Julian Bond; filmmaker Shelton “Spike” Lee; Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses; CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Emmitt Carson; and many more.

“Morehouse principles often instill a desire for public service to benefit mankind. In the United States Congress, Representative Cedric Richmond, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as many staff members and former Members of Congress, hold degrees from Morehouse. U.S. Presidents have relied on alumni such as former Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson; former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis Sullivan; former Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher; and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, James Nabrit. Around the country, state and local governments have been led by alumni such as Maynard H. Jackson, the first African-American mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.

“These leaders joined with and rallied alongside the millions of men and women who have contributed to the African-American experience. During Black History Month, we pause to reflect upon the contributions of not just Morehouse College, but also the contributions of all those institutions, including Fort Valley State University and Albany State University in the 2nd Congressional District of Georgia, that have educated and inspired African American men and women across the nation. We remember the struggles that we as a people have endured and we celebrate the victories, all the while drawing inspiration to continue to stand up for equality and for justice.

“Indeed, Morehouse College was born out of the death of slavery in America. It guided young black men through the era of segregation in the South, and it continues to empower marginalized populations against the oppression still prevalent in the world today. I congratulate Morehouse on its sesquicentennial anniversary and for its contributions to African Americans of all walks of life.”

A video of Congressman Bishop recognizing Morehouse College’s anniversary on the House floor can be found below: