On a red clay hill in the heart of Atlanta, hundreds of black men saunter up and down Morehouse College’s Brown Street on their way to classes. It’s a late March afternoon and the magnolia trees, fuchsia and white pansies bloom into a sweet, tea-tinged breeze. A bronze statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. overlooks his alma mater — the nation’s only all-male, historically black institution of higher learning. At the center of the campus, banners hang from streetlights that proclaim the school’s commitment to justice and equality: “No racism. No homophobia. No sexism. No misogyny.” Beneath them, students discuss biology class and make plans for the weekend.
To the unfamiliar eye, Morehouse seems like many other colleges. But it’s not.