Marquis Phifer and the illustrious men of Morehouse College in Atlanta are understanding the need to give back to the community and how to do it with style. The 143-year-old institution of higher learning has gained itself the reputation of being the number one college for producing the most intelligent, successful, eminent, and most of all stylish Black men in America. Alumni such as Martin Luther King Jr., Spike Lee, and the father of the "Morehouse Mystique" Benjamin E. Mays all have stepped up to the challenge of using their talents to better their communities and society at large. Phifer and other students went to Booker T. Washington Early College, Atlanta's school aimed at helping students succeed by providing high school classes that will earn students college credit.
The Power Lecture Series, the movement seeking to give Black youth the tools they need to succeed in academic empowerment, practical living, dress and appearance, and job interview skills. The program GRAD, short for Graduation Really Achieves Dreams is the overarching plan of action that includes the Power Lecture Series. The work of Morehouse College in their efforts to ameliorate the academic state of affairs in Atlanta is a promising step for improving the future of Black students everywhere. Well-dressed, well-traveled, and well-read continue to be the hallmarks of the Morehouse tradition.