March 28, 2018
The “Morehouse Man”
Already people have been asking me questions about this new Race issue by National Geographic. Without sounding too much as if I am defending decisions made by the magazine of which I was not privy, let me just say this, ...it took the Creator seven days, let us all keep working.
Moving on, I want to introduce these faces that I came to know and appreciate while I was on the campuses of the AUC - specifically Morehouse.
I arrived on campus with a demo script, and my nostrils open. After all, this is the college where Martin Luther King, Spike Lee and my favourite Samuel L Jackson attended. And — there are beautiful stories too. One student opened up about learning that Dr. King fell from a dorm window. I had to go and see from what heights he fell, and another told me how Samuel Jackson was expelled from Morehouse for locking a few board members in a building for two days, in protest of the school’s curriculum.
At every turn there is that question, who is a Morehouse Man? It is the fabric that makes up their mold, and one that takes each student through a ceremony of some sorts culminating in his graduation, if he gets that far. But whether it is those dapper young men in their bow ties, grey or blue suits, or the student strolling to class in his du rag and sweats, in my time there I was introduced to a multitude of ideas and examples of what it means to be a Morehouse Man. To tell you the truth, these young men have no idea how good they have it under the guidance of men like Professor Illya Davis. The joke between he and I was would I send my sons to Morehouse and each time my answer was “Hell Naw!!!” I was conflicted. But by the end of my time there I truly realized that black men like of all shade, and fades, ideas, and idioms, nature or our nurturing can be a Morehouse Man — he is not monolithic.