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The Soul Founding Four

Claude Bernhard Dansby

13 Ψ 1922, Morehouse class of 1922

Morehouse College, Chair of Mathematics

Born:  September 19, 1897 (Atlanta, GA)  Died:  June 20, 1973 (Atlanta, GA)

Claude Bernhard Dansby, affectionally known as “Pop Dansby” to the Morehouse community, first arrived in Atlanta in the fall of 1914 to attend the Academy at Morehouse College.  To secure his enrollment the skinny seventeen year old had to overcome the obstacle of distance by first “walking across two Georgia counties in order to board a train for Atlanta.” After arriving the College would become Dansby’s place of residency for fifty-two years:  eight as a student and forty-four as a professor.  READ MORE >>>                                                       

Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays  

Γ June 5, 1919

Morehouse College,  President 1940 - 1967

Born:  August 1, 1894 (Nighty-Six, SC) Died:  March 28, 1984  (Atlanta, GA)

Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays was the architect and the archetype of the Morehouse Mystique.  Serving the college as a professor and acting dean from August 1921 to September 1924, and later as the seventh president from 1940 to 1967, "Bennie" was the principal figure responsible for bringing Morehouse to an exalted level of prestige within higher education.  READ MORE >>>

William Jefferson White Blocker, Sr. 

Η 1919, Morehouse class of 1921

Grandson of Morehouse College founder William Jefferson White

Born:  October 21, 1899  Died:

Like his grandfather, William Jefferson White Blocker, Sr. had to overcome several obstacles to establish a brotherhood that would ultimately become an invaluable  contribution to his race and to humanity. Indeed, the unconquerable spirit of the Jefferson White bloodline is the foundation that Morehouse and Ψ were built upon.  READ MORE >>>

Dr. Hiram Henry Gibbs 

Η 1920

Owner of Gibbs Pharmacy in Greenville, South Carolina

Born:  September 10, 1898 (Savannah, GA)  Died: March 5, 1987  (Greenville, SC)

Dr. Hiram Henry Gibbs attended the Academy at Morehouse College from 1914 to 1918. He earned two scholarship prizes to help fund his preparatory schooling, and he managed the college's basketball team for two years after receiving his diploma.  In 1920, Gibbs left Morehouse without receiving a degree and enrolled in Howard University to study pharmacology. While living in D.C., he worked his way through school as a train car porter and received his Ph.C. from Howard in June of 1924.  READ MORE >>>

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