On Saturday, the White House announced that President Obama will deliver the commencement address to Morehouse College’s class of 2013. According to the Atlanta Constitution-Journal, the president of the historic HBCU also weighed in on the POTUS’ upcoming appearance.
Morehouse President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. said … it was fitting that the president’s visit will be in the 50th anniversary year of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington. It is also the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 100th anniversary of the name Morehouse College, which was changed from Atlanta Baptist College in 1913.
“The president’s life story trumpets an ethic that we try to instill in all Morehouse men, namely excellence without apology or compromise,” Wilson said Saturday. “It’s a good thing to have him here for that reason.”
Wilson has been on the job as Morehouse’s president for just three weeks. Previously he was the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Wilson said he did not lobby for the presidential visit and received the call from the White House not long after he started at Morehouse in late January.
Read more at the Atlanta Constitution-Journal.