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Deck the Halls at the 92st Annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert Share a Spelman College Press Release


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Mashaun D. Simon 
Spelman College
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D. Aileen Dodd
Morehouse College

Spelman-Morehouse Christmas CarolATLANTA (November 26, 2018)—The 92nd Annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert, a tradition that has marked the opening of the Christmas season for generations of Atlanta residents, will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, at Spelman College’s Sisters Chapel and Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.

The combined holiday voices of the Spelman College Glee Club and the Morehouse College Glee Club take the stage at Morehouse at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 and at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2.

On Dec. 1, the concert will be held at Spelman at 7:30 p.m. **Patrons will receive a ticket when arriving on campus for entry into Sisters Chapel.** Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for senior citizens and those needing assistance.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. to the general public. The performance will be streamed live. For more information about the Dec. 1 concert, please visit Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert.

** For this performance only, a complimentary ticket is required. You can receive a ticket onsite, in line, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be prepared for an approximate 10 - 15 minute walk from the Spelman parking deck to Sisters Chapel. Overflow locations in the Science Center and The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center Auditorium will be available when Chapel seating is complete.

Including performances of both glee clubs together and separate, the annual concert features traditional and contemporary interpretations of holiday music and a variety of other songs. The singers will also perform audience favorites, including Morehouse’s popular rendition of “Betelehemu” and Spelman’s “We Are Christmas.”

“The annual Christmas Carol Concert is a treasured tradition,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., president of Spelman. “Each year, our students and faculty showcase the hearts and talents of our students, while also providing an opportunity as a larger community to celebrate the magic of the holiday season through music. The Christmas Carol Concert is a spectacular highlight in our year.”

Spelman-Morehouse Annual Christmas CarolThe annual Christmas concert dates back nearly a century. It began in December 1927 – two years before Morehouse graduate Martin Luther King Jr. was born, one year before the venerable Atlanta African-American newspaper, the Atlanta Daily World, was founded, as well as the Harlem Globetrotters. The idea for the concert came from the presidents of the two institutions, John Hope of Morehouse and Florence Matilda Read from Spelman.

The first was held in Spelman’s Sisters Chapel, then the largest venue between the two colleges. The tradition grew as crowds grew, with the concert becoming a three-night affair. When Morehouse’s Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel was built in 1978, the concert partially moved to into the larger venue. Eventually, the format became the two nights at Morehouse and one at Spelman to usher in the Christmas season.

“The excellence showcased at the Morehouse Spelman Christmas Carol Concert continues to make it a hallmark of the season for people in and around metro Atlanta who have attended the holiday event over the years,” said Dr. David A. Thomas, President of Morehouse College. “It is our gift to those who support the Atlanta University Center and the arts.” 

The directors of the glee clubs are Kevin Johnson, D.M.A., at Spelman and former Morehouse College Glee Club member David Morrow, D.M.A., C’80, at Morehouse. This year marks Dr. Johnson’s 20th year with the Christmas Carol Concert. According to he and Dr. Morrow, audiences will once again enjoy a repertoire of moving pieces sung masterfully by the acclaimed choirs. This year’s concert will also feature Joyce Johnson, Ph.D., professor emerita and Spelman organist, Brittney Boykin, Glee Club accompanist, as well as a string orchestra.

About Spelman College 
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 51 among all liberal arts colleges and No. 1 among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman, Starbucks Group President and COO Rosalind Brewer, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones. For more information, visit

About Morehouse College
Morehouse College is the nation’s largest liberal arts institution for men. Founded in 1867, the College enrolls approximately 2,200 students and is the nation’s top producer of black men who go on to receive doctorates. Morehouse is also the top producer of Rhodes Scholars among HBCUs with five Morehouse Men receiving the honor. Historically, Morehouse has conferred more bachelor’s degrees on black men than any other institution in the world. Prominent alumni include: Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General; Shelton “Spike” Lee, award-winning American filmmaker; Maynard H. Jackson, the first African American mayor of Atlanta; and Jeh Johnson, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. Morehouse currently has more than 17,000 alumni in 40 states and 14 countries. For more information, visit




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