Chillin with the Po-Po in Spain 😨😎
On Monday, January 25th, we had our second installment into the “Lessons From Mays” book club/discussion group. For this session we were joined by Professor of Sociology Dr. King. The session focused on Dr. Mays’ first stint at Morehouse College as a professor. During this time Mays offers insight into the social and political climate of Atlanta and the role Morehouse played as social agitators. Also during this session we discussed the - not so common - stories of Morehouse, when Mays touches on a cheating scandal that happened during his time as a Professor.
Later in the discussion resident, Christopher Weathers brought up a very critical point in the discussion of Morehouse when he stated “I feel like we’re living in the shadows of Mays, King, etc. What has Morehouse done from 1980 on? We need to talk about them too.” In response I note alumni such as Leland Shelton who had a trying childhood, yet he graduates Phi Beta Kappa and goes on to Harvard Law school or Bakari Sellers, who is a member of the House of Representatives in South Carolina. Additionally, Dr. King makes mention that the story of a Leland Shelton may not have happened 40 years ago, due to the difficulty of social mobility, thus the story is yet to be written on many recent graduates.
Our next session will be done on conjunction with the Vanguard Scholars where we will discuss the chapter “So much with so little and so few”
Resident Shawn Sheppard speaking on the program “Capitalizing on Opportunity”
These are a few pictures taken from the first installment of the “Lessons From Mays” discussion group.
Tuesday February 18th, marked the first installment of the “Lessons From Mays” book club and discussion group of Benjamin E. Mays’ autobiography Born to Rebel. The purpose of the book club is to inform residents about the legacy of one the most influential educators of the 20th century. Additionally, my vision is that we will be able to analyze, critique, and gain a better understanding of Morehouse College and it’s rich history.
For our first session we were joined by Professor of Philosophy Dr. Illya Davis. In Dr. Davis’ opening statement he immediately takes Mays and his legacy and brings it to ground level stating “We have to first analyze what type of literary work this is. It isn’t the most articulate book. Rather than paying attention to what he says, we have to pay attention to what Mays doesn’t say.” Dr. Davis would continue, emphasizing that we not place Mays on a pedestal, which in turn would not allow us to effectively analyze the book. Dr. Davis didn’t limit his discussion to Mays’ autobiography conversely he extrapolated the discussion to topics such as masculinity, feminism, race politics and more. In sum, the first session set the tone for our discussion and reading moving forward.
The next session will be held on Monday February 24th, and we will be joined by Professor of Sociology Dr. Mansa King.
Wednesday February 19th, Mr. Douglass Cooper, the Director of Career Services, was a guest speaker for the program “Capitalizing on Opportunity” sponsored by myself and Chi chapter of Phi Beta Sigma. Mr. Cooper spoke to residents about the importance of personal branding and resume skill building techniques. Additionally, he stressed to residents the importance of branding one’s self via their resume.
The second half of Mr. Cooper’s presentation stressed the importance of participating in summer internships. While the general perception is that Freshmen may not be able to intern during their freshman year, Mr. Cooper spoke to residents about different internship opportunities they can pursue now, and opportunities they can look to do in the future, programs such as CLI and the Spring Tour, which is sponsored by the Division of Business Administration and Economics. The program was received well by residents and some have already followed up with Mr. Cooper as they look to build their professional network.
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While I cannot vote in the upcoming election for USM president, I know without a doubt that CMJ is the best candidate for the position. He has served as a senator, and has experience with student government, but most importantly he has the desire to see his institution move FORWARD!