The Morris Brown College, Founded 1881, held Commencement Exercise May 19, 2018 at Big Bethel A.M.E. Church
INCLUDED THE RECOGNITION OF HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREES GIVEN TO LEGENDRIES:
James H. Patterson, Composer, Conductor, Arranger, Performer, Author/Researcher within World Traveled Relations, graduate of Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) 1957; and University of Michigan Masters of Music 1965.
Tom Joyner, Renowned International Media Relations. Successfully lead national awareness campaigns on Voter Registration laws, family/health initiatives and education. A graduate of Tuskegee Institute.
JAMES HARDY PATTERSON FOUNDATION WELCOMES NEW TREASURER, SECRETARY, AND ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Our new Treasurer, Ms. Bobbie W. Britt, is a Senior Advisor Analyst, having worked for H&R block for 16 years. During her years she obtained over 1,000 hours of training and served as Office Manager at various offices. Her role at the present time is a tax professional who provides service for the following:
• Individual Taxes 1040
• Corporations 1120
• S Corporations 1120S
• Partnerships 1095
• Non-Profit Organization 990
She has served as Recording Secretary for David T. Howard High School National Alumni Association (1993-2012) Board and remains Advisor.
Serving on our Advisory Board, Sarah Speaks is a Business Enterprise Strategist, specializing in the private sector. She also has founded several small businesses. She studied Professional English at North Carolina A & T State University where she recieved her BA. She recieved her MBA from Strayer University. Passionate about the communities that surround her, she has spent time in DeKalb County, Georgia Schools, served on the Board of Trustees for Therapeutic Behavioral Services, and volunteered in a political capacity. Sarah is also a Certified DeKalb County Asset Specialist. She currently resides in the Metro Atlanta Area. She will serve as Advisor in Development.
John J. McNeil, Assistant In Development Committee
Native High Point, North Carolina, John is Logistic Manager, United Distribution Industries Inc. Prior years, John J. McNeil was a successful, Professional Basketball Player for the European Basketball League. John attended Georgia Tech, studied Business Management andplayed a significant role in leading Georgia Tech’s basketball team to first Final Four Playoffs in 1990. Prior to attending Georgia Tech, John briefly attended Chowan College where he was later inducted into its Basketball Hall of Fame. He will serve as Advisor in Development.
DUKE PEARSON & JAMES HARDY PATTERSON FOUNDATION JAZZ CAMP
In June of each year, students come together for five days with Associate Professor of Music Clark Atlanta University, James H. Patterson, Founder and Director of the Summer Jazz Camp with professional/experienced musicians. We are teaching history about the celebrated achievements of African American Musicians, Composers, Lyricist, Dancers and instruments. Offering Elementary, Middle and High School students a variety of approaches to performingJazz and expressions of Call & Respond, Rhythm, Spirituals, Blues, Traditional Gospel, and Rag Time, etc. For registration information, Contact: 404-880-8208 or 770-744-6626.
Associate Professor Patterson with Jazz Camp Clinicians and a student.
Wayman A. Carver
The Wayman A. Carver Scholarship Fund is created in the honor of a great humanitarian, musician, composer, arranger, pioneer, and educator. The scholarship fund will support the Duke Pearson/James Hardy Patterson Foundation, Inc. Summer Jazz Camp. Wayman A. Carver was the First Band Director of Clark Atlanta University and Associate Professor James H. Patterson was his first assistant.
We offer A Scholarship Fund after you submit an Application that includes:
1) Your narrative about musical Instrument Experience;
2) Writing/Researching six (four sentences per paragraph) paragraphs of narrative about the life and history of The Great Musician and Educator of Wayman A. Carver.
Call for an application first week each May and must submit deadline by Third Thursday each May.