A letter to Bates on my Morehouse Experience

Me and some of the my Morehouse brothers at the Mr. AKA sororiety pageant

Me and some of the my Morehouse brothers at the Mr. AKA sororiety pageant

All is well here in the Atlanta University Center! The “House” is home. I feel like I’m starring in an episode of the sitcom “A Different World”. There is so much to do. There is a party every single day. On Monday there are various activities like maybe a spoken word night, on Tuesday’s its AUC Tuesday at a local club downtown Atlanta, on Wednesday there is a block party at Morehouse, on Thursday there is Market Thursdays at Clark and Friday there is Market Fridays at Spelman. There are a number of student clubs as well. And the weekend are always jam pack with parties, sporting events, and time to hang out and relax with folks.

Orientation went well. It is here that you develop a keen sense of Morehouse history, its legacy, and the expectations of a “Man of Morehouse” I have been inspired by the rich legacy of this institution. With such humble beginnings and so few resources Morehouse has somehow produced some of the greatest thinkers, professionals and leaders that our world has seen. I’m walking the halls and pathways of Black history and that brings joy to my soul.

Thus far, I have joined three organizations. I’m a member of the MLK International Chapel, Chapel Assistants program, which is a organization for young men aspiring to become ministers.  Morehouse Chaplain, Dean Lawrence Carter is the advisor of  the organization. I’m also a Chaplain Assistant at Spelman. I additionally joined a faith base and social justice organization at Spelman called Righteous Noise. We are currently  planning a domestic violence play be performed in October.  Through these organizations, I have met some very positive people.

I spoke with President Franklin and I have encountered Dean Carter frequently. I’m also working with Danny Bellinger in Admissions on bringing a student from Morehouse to Bates for either next semester or the fall semester 2009. I think I am making much progress with this.

The food here is great (o that southern food!) and I love the smoothies All is well here in the Atlanta University Center. Mr. Carter, The “House” is home. I feel like I’m starring in an episode of the sitcom “A Different World”. There is so much to do. There is a party every single day. On Monday there are various activities like maybe a spoken word night, on Tuesday’s its AUC Tuesday at a local club downtown Atlanta, on Wednesday there is a block party at Morehouse, on Thursday there is Market Thursdays at Clark and Friday there is Market Fridays at Spelman. There are a number of student clubs as well. And the weekend are always jam pack with parties, sporting events, and time to hang out and relax with folks.

Orientation went well. It is here that you develop a keen sense of Morehouse history, its legacy, and the expectations of a “Man of Morehouse” I have been inspired by the rich legacy of this institution. With such humble beginnings and so few resources Morehouse has somehow produced some of the greatest thinkers, professionals and leaders that our world has seen. I’m walking the halls and pathways of Black history and that brings joy to my soul.

Thus far, I have joined three organizations. I’m a member of the MLK International Chapel, Chapel Assistants program, which is a organization for young men aspiring to become ministers.  Morehouse Chaplain, Dr. Lawrence Carter is the  advisor of  the organization. I’m also a Chaplain Assistant at Spelman. I additionally joined a faith base and social justice organization at Spelman called Righteous Noise. We are currently planning a domestic violence play to be performed in October.  Through these organizations, I have met some very positive people.

I spoke with President Franklin and I have encountered Dean Carter frequently. I’m also working with Danny Bellinger in Admissions on bringing a student from Morehouse to Bates for either next semester or the fall semester 2009. I think I am making much progress with this.

The food here is great (o that southern food!) and I love the smoothies that are made at the campus hang out cafe similar to the one on “A Different World” where brother and sisters from Morehouse and Spelman congregate. I have met many students and every time I mention that I go to Bates, the brothers here immediately respond by saying you go to the college of MAYS. He is the man around these parts.

I’m taking four classes and they are: Thoughts of Howard Thurman (Independent Study), Thoughts of Marcus Study(Independent Study), Philosophy of Religion, African American History (Spelman College). For the most part, I’m enjoying the classes. I’m taking some of the better classes with some of the better professors here at Morehouse and Spelman. So I have a lot of work ahead of me. Classes here do indeed provide an education for liberation. I just admire the many conscience brothers and sisters in the entire AUC.

Yet I do miss the hospitality of many of the Bates staff including yourself, some of the nice facilities and a few other things about Bates. However, I love both schools for two different reasons. Getting here was not so smooth and when I got here there still were so many bumps in the road However, love it here and I’m so happy I decided to study here this semester.

I do miss the hospitality of many of the Bates staff, some of the nice facilities and a few other things about Bates. However, I love both schools for two different reasons. Arranging my off campus study stay here was not so smooth and when I got here there still were so bumps in the road. I love it here and I’m so happy I decided to study here this semester.

Yours in the Struggle,                

Brother Phillips

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Morehouse College Chapel Assistants

Members of Morehouse College's 2008-2009 Chaplain Assistants program

Members of Morehouse College's 2008-2009 Chapel Assistants program

 2008-2009 Chapel Assistants, Morehouse College
The Reverend Willie Dwayne Francois III, President and King Scholar

The Reverend Dr. Lawrence Carter Sr., Dean of the Chapel

“The purpose of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel is to teach excellence, ethics, equality and engagement. It is to demonstrate the interdisciplinary foundations of a learned ecumenical Christian ministry for the world; to create spiritual realization through value-and virtue-centered theologically based faith; and to inspire the communitarian development of servant scholars as visionary human rights revolutionists and social gospel activists coming from a place of Gandhian nonviolence and political personalism. This is Martin Luther King’s informed service-oriented way to dialectically grow, personally and globally, with Cosmic Companionship, into democracy’s dignity and destiny, ensuring that piety never will be divorced from intellect.” Courtesy of Morehouse College’s Chapel website http://www.morehouse.edu/about/chapel/index.html

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Spelman College Chapel Assistants

Members of Spelman College's 2008-2008 Chaplain Assistants program

Members of Spelman College's 2008-2009 Chapel Assistants program

2008-2009 Chapel Assistants
The Reverend Dr. Lisa D. Rhodes, Dean of the Chapel

“The Chapel Assistants Program is a leadership program that provides opportunities for personal development, vocational discernment, and liturgical leadership. Liturgical leadership opportunities are designed to strengthen public speaking skills, to encourage artistic expressions of faith and to nurture servant leadership through community service.”  Courtesy of Spelman College’s Chaplain Assistant website http://www.spelman.edu/students/current/ministries/history.shtml

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Morehouse College and Spelman College Chapel Assistant

I have been inducted into both the Morehouse College and Spelman College Chapel Assistant programs. The Morehouse College Chapel Assistants program is under the direction of the Reverend Dr. Lawrence C. Carter and the Spelman College Chaplain Assistants Program is under the direction of Dr. Lisa D. Rhodes.  These programs are supporting my efforts to lead a more spirtual life and establish a better relationship with God. In addition, I have found a network of positive people who are motivated to become changemakers in our world. I am incredibly thankful to be a Chapel Assistant at both of these wonderful institutions. Lastly, I want to give thanks to Ms. Elizabeth Alexander, a brilliant sister in Spelman’s class of 2010 who introduced me to the Chapel Assistant program at Spelman.