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YHC Hosts Georgia State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan for Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Lecture

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
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Young Harris College Hosts Georgia State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan for Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Lecture

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Jan. 21, Young Harris College hosted an inspiring lecture by Alisha Thomas Morgan, member of the Georgia House of Representatives, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which took place on Jan. 20. The event was sponsored by YHC’s Inter-Religious Council (IRC) and Student Government Association (SGA).

“Rep. Morgan’s role in our state government provides her with a unique perspective on how faith, politics and civil rights intersect in contemporary ways,” said YHC Dean of the Chapel and Minister to the College Rev. Dr. Tim Moore. “We are delighted she chose to share her insight with our campus and the community.”

Rep. Morgan’s address, titled “Living the Dream,” focused on three directives: “don’t watch,” “don’t wait” and “don’t get weary.” She also joined YHC President Cathy Cox and many student leaders for a roundtable discussion prior to her lecture. 

“I’m grateful to have met Rep. Morgan to discuss important topics that student leaders were passionate about,” said Jimmy Gailey, an SGA freshman senator and business and public policy major from Cleveland, Ga. “It was a motivating speech that inspired many of us. I’m glad she represents the state of Georgia and strives for things that others may call impossible.”

The second annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day lecture is part of an initiative by the IRC and SGA to raise the level of conversation around topics essential to engaging society as critically informed members of the global community.

“Our students want to consider how faith and faith commitments might supply fresh insights to historical and contemporary issues,” said Rev. Dr. Moore. “This lecture series allows us to achieve that, while exploring the ways faith intersects with our lives.”

A resident of Austell, Ga., Rep. Morgan made history at age 23 by becoming the first African-American to represent Cobb County in the Georgia House of Representatives. She was elected to her sixth term in 2012.

“As a public servant, it’s important to meet with young people to stay connected and keep a pulse on their needs,” explained Rep. Morgan. “The students I spoke with were thoughtful and in touch. I hope I sparked something that makes them want to lead through my lecture.”

As a statewide leader in education reform, Rep. Morgan has gained notoriety through awards such as the “Champion for Choice” award from the American Federation for Children and the “Impact Award” from the Georgia Charter School Association.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit


Young Harris College President Cathy Cox, Georgia State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan and YHC student-leaders met for a roundtable discussion prior to the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day lecture.