Two Academic Stars at Morehouse College Are Retiring

Two of the most distinguished faculty members at Morehouse College in Atlanta, with combined service of nearly 100 years, are retiring.

Tobe Johnson is the longest-serving faculty member in Morehouse College history. He has taught at the historically Black college for 59 years. Dr. Johnson came to Morehouse as a student at the age of 16 and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1954. He joined the faculty at the college in 1958 and then earned a Ph.D. in government at Columbia University in New York City in 1963. Although retiring, he will continue to teach one class at Morehouse next year.

Marcellus Barksdale is a professor of African American studies and a professor of history. Professor Barksdale is a 1965 graduate of Morehouse College. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Atlanta University and a doctorate at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Professor Barksdale joined the faculty at Morehouse College in 1977. Professor Barksdale is completing work on a 700-page book entitled The Cross, the Candle and the Crown: A Narrative History of Morehouse College, 1867-2017.


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  1. Jeffrey Freeman, 1983 says:

    Congratulations to both of these fine gentlemen. Although I never took a class from either I know them by their respective reputations. Morehouse is the fine institution it is because of their contributions. Thanks for your service to us alumni.

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