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I didn’t know much about Morehouse College before reading your post, but your description and what I’ve read on Wikipedia has piqued my curiosity about it.
On the school’s Wikipedia page, it says this:
“In 1906 Dr. John Hope became the first African-American president and led the institution’s growth in enrollment and academic stature. He envisioned an academically rigorous college that would be the antithesis to Booker T. Washington’s view of agricultural and trade-focused education for African-Americans.”
That’s interesting, because as much as I like Booker T, I’ve always had a slight problem with his emphasis in “Up From Slavery” on WORK and productivity as almost ends in themselves. Work of course is important, but philosophically I must insist (along with Joseph Pieper) that LEISURE is the true basis of culture and the end of all human work. It also is the proper m.o. of a University. Booker T’s vision of a virtuous man doesn’t really capture that thought I think. The Morehouse man also cultivates productivity, but as attached to virtue. That vision seems to aim at a more complete kind of life.
So, basically I’d like to know more about the Morehouse philosophy with regard to the place of leisure
Of course, in The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Dubois offered a different understanding of education with a view to knowledge and virtue than Booker T. Washington’s industrial education model. DuBois does not speak of leisure per se, but he speaks of education in a more traditionally liberal arts way.
This education will make “men” who would be leaders. It is an education not so much toward contemplation and leisure, as geared toward politics and action over an emphasis on productivity. It would not teach men to be carpenters, but carpenters to be men, and surely that involves a component of leisure.
He gives a more detailed account of education for African Americans and the role that black colleges could play in forming an educated people in the essay “The Talented Tenth.”
DuBois taught at Atlanta University. I don’t know if he had any relationship to Morehouse.
For a different fictionalized take on the “Morehouse” experience, you could watch Spike Lee’s School Daze.
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John P is about right on the aspiration of Morehouse. About what’s going on now, I don’t know much. I’ve been on the campus a couple of times. The truth seems to be that the raw material showing up isn’t always that great. But teaching is taken very seriously, and the Spike L movie does, in its own way, highlight the manliness of the place.
When I was doing my PhD at Ga Tech I had a part-time gig tutoring physics (and a little calculus and DE) for the naval ROTC unit (I’m an NROTC product myself!) Several Morehouse students were cross-town enrolled in Ga Tech’s outstanding Navy unit and I was very impressed with their seriousness and love of learning. I know it would be quite an experience to teach at Morehouse.
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