Lifting Their Voices All Over the World: Morehouse College Glee Club

In 1911, under the leadership of music professor Georgia Starr, the Morehouse College Glee Club began a tradition of maintaining a high standard of musical excellence. Over the years, the talented groups of young men have graced the stages of many well known venues and played with several ensembles including the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The Morehouse College Glee Club has performed for many of this country’s historic events including the funeral of Morehouse alum Martin Luther King, Jr., President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration, Super Bowl XXVIII and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. They have also toured the world – Africa, Russia, Poland and the Caribbean- and performed on the soundtrack of the movie “School Daze”, written by fellow Morehouse grad Spike Lee.

Other notable alumni include musician Willis Laurence James, Nigerian drummer and recording artist Babatune Olatunji , Atlanta’s first African-American Mayor Maynard Jackson, and Christian hip-hop artist Canton Jones.

Watch performances of the Morehouse College Glee Club below.

 

Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.

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