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Morehouse College and Coursera Announce Courses to Promote Understanding of Social Justice and Contemporary Issues

ATLANTA— Morehouse College, the nation’s only HBCU dedicated to developing and educating men, announced a partnership with Coursera, a global online learning platform, to create courses for audiences eager to gain highly relevant knowledge cultivated at Morehouse, including courses with particular emphasis on social justice or other contemporary issues.  The first course, Activism in Sports and Culture, is taught by Chris Webber, guest lecturer and five-time NBA All-Star. The course explores how protests by notable athletes, coaches, and media personalities have shifted public opinion on inequality and furthered civil rights. As has been the case throughout American history, activism by Black athletes served as a prelude to much of the social unrest of 2020 related to racial injustice.

“The division in our country can only be healed if we have the courage to have honest conversations about inequity in our society and the responsibility we each have to understand its roots and find solutions,” said Dr. David A. Thomas, president of Morehouse. “Sports has often been among the earliest and most visible arenas in which to raise awareness about racial challenges. This moment calls for us to hear each other, learn from each other, and uncover the truths which will allow for us to move forward as an informed society. Morehouse is uniquely positioned to serve as the center point for one of the most consequential conversations of our time.”

Morehouse courses available on Coursera will allow people around the world to learn from faculty members with expertise and perspectives unique in the world.  The courses will explore highly relevant issues of our time, using Morehouse’s history of thought leadership in areas such as social justice as the foundation upon which to address contemporary challenges.

“Morehouse has been a pillar in our society, the Black community, and social justice movements. There is no better partner to launch this course and no better time than Black History Month. Launching on Coursera allows millions of learners from all walks of life to take this course,” said Webber. “I want those who enroll to be inspired and informed after hearing from the people who have made the greatest sacrifices to influence public conversations.”

Later this year, Morehouse also plans to release a Sports Analytics Specialization among other courses exploring a diverse range of leadership and social justice topics.

More information can be found at https://www.coursera.org/morehouse.

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About Morehouse College

Morehouse College is the only historically Black college dedicated to educating men. Founded in 1867, Morehouse is a private, liberal arts institution and the nation's top producer of Black men who go on to receive doctorates. The College is the top producer of Rhodes Scholars among HBCUs and was named to the list of U.S. institutions that produced the most Fulbright Scholars in 2019-2020. As the epicenter for thought leadership on civil rights, Morehouse is committed to helping the nation address the inequities caused by institutional racism, which has created social and economic disparities for people of African descent. Prominent Morehouse alumni include: Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General; Shelton "Spike" Lee, Academy Award-winning American filmmaker; Maynard H. Jackson, the first African American mayor of Atlanta; Jeh Johnson, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security; Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; Bakari Sellers, attorney and CNN political analyst; Randall Woodfin, elected as the youngest mayor of Birmingham in 120 years; and U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, Georgia’s first Black U.S. senator from Georgia. For more information, visit: https://morehouse.edu.

About Coursera

Coursera was founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng with a vision of providing life-transforming learning experiences to anyone, anywhere. It is now a leading online learning platform for higher education, where 77 million learners from around the world come to learn skills of the future.