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Morehouse College: Profile

When Martin Luther King Jr. was growing up in Atlanta, he did not have far to go to receive a quality education. King's decision was an easy one. He would go across town to Morehouse College. Although King was a local, Morehouse has been attracting young men from around the world for more than 136 years.

Founded in 1867 to prepare black men for the ministry and teaching, Morehouse has been able to maintain a unique place in American history by remaining the country's largest institution of higher education for men. The school now graduates more black men annually, about 500, than any other private school in the country.

Under the guidance of men such as Dr. John Hope and King's mentor, Benjamin Mays, Morehouse graduates have included filmmakers (Spike Lee), Olympians (Edwin Moses), mayors (Maynard Jackson), and policymakers (former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan).

Morehouse enrolls about 2,800 students who regularly attend spiritual and cultural enrichment activities on campus, including Sunday worship service, in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.

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