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Morgan Made: Ruthe T. Sheffey

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Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey (’47), a longtime professor at Morgan State, is one of the nation’s leading authorities on African-American literature and women’s literature, especially the works of Zora Neale Hurston. Sheffey is the founder of the Zora Neale Hurston Society and the Founding Editor of the Zora Neale Hurston Forum. During her tenure as the Chairperson of the Department …

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Morgan Made: Rochelle Stevens

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A 1988 graduate of Morgan, Rochelle Stevens is a two-time Olympic medal winner. The track and field star took home the gold in the 1996 Olympics in the women’s 4×400-meter relay. She won a silver medal for the same event in the 1992 Olympics. The Memphis, Tennessee native attended Morgan on a full track scholarship, graduating with a bachelor’s in …

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Morgan Made: Verda Welcome

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The Honorable Verda Freeman Welcome was the first African-American woman elected to the Maryland House of Delegates. Elected to the Maryland State Senate in 1962, she was also the first black woman in the U.S. to be elected to a state senate seat. She spent 25 years in the Maryland legislature, working on policies to enforce stricter employment regulations and …

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Morgan Psychology Alumna Performs at the Oscars

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Andrea Jones, Class of 2000, was one of the background singers for the Oscar winning song “Glory” in the movie Selma. Her name appears in the credit for the Oscar win.  Ms. Jones graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2000 and has since earned a master’s degree in Social Work. She currently works in the Social Work field, but continues …

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In Comes The Understudy: A star is born…

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The Canadian Opera Company lost its star tenor, Clifton Forbis, yesterday due to illness. He was scheduled to sing the demanding role of Siegmund in the 4:30 performance of Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre. Fortunately the COC had engaged the young American tenor, Issachah Savage, as the ‘cover’ for the COC’s run of seven performances. Yesterday Savage sang the third performance and, …

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Little Known Black History Fact: Valerie Thomas

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After graduating from an all-girls high school, Thomas entered Baltimore’s Morgan State University. As one of just two women majoring in physics, she excelled and her tenacity landed her a job at NASA in 1964 as a data analyst. She rose within the government agency quickly, overseeing the Landsat project in the 1970s. The Landsat satellite was the first to …

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Former Morgan State Music Major wins International Vocal Competition

Issachach Savage wins International Vocal Competition

Former Morgan State University Music Major and choir member Issachah Savage just won all four prizes in The International Wagner Vocal Competition.  Issachah won the First place prize, the Orchestra’s choice, the Audience’s choice, and the Speight Jenkins Award which is a featured appearance in a special concert full of famous opera celebrities.  Issachah happened to win this award on …

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Camp Counselor Forges Lasting Bonds

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Harrison West, a 2014 Morgan State Psychology Graduate, was recently featured in the Washington Post. Mr. West is recognized for his 7-year service as a program assistant and mentor for young boys at Camp Moss Hollow located in Fauquier County,VA. Mr. West was the President of the Morgan State Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology and …

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Morgan History Makers: Martin and Nampeo McKenney – Class of 1959

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“…We put out some of the first data from the Census Bureau that was on the black population, and some of the first reports (on those data). And I got a number of awards for that.” — Nampeo McKenney “I remember one Sunday, (Dr. King) looked at us, and he smiled, and he said, ‘I hope my sermon met you …

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