Welcome to the inaugural podcast of Danforth Dialogues. Each month we will bring you leadership insights from a wide range of guests. We are going to start our series with insights gleaned as we and others faced the most challenging global health crisis in a century, the COVID-19 pandemic. Over time, we will transition to other leadership insights that we hope will help you no matter your profession.
We will also occasionally feature longer podcasts of conversations of significance with key leaders from a broad array of backgrounds including business, government, healthcare, and education.
Morehouse School of Medicine is an independent, free-standing medical school founded in 1975 to educate physicians and other medical professionals to work in underserved urban and rural communities that have historically lacked access to quality healthcare. The medical school was started as a two-year institution at Morehouse College. As you may know, Morehouse College is the alma mater of a number of African American men who have or continue to be models of leadership in our country including Dr. Martin Luther King, former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, former political icon Julian Bond, noted actor Samuel L. Jackson and, of course, the founding Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine and former U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis W. Sullivan.
With that kind of legacy of leadership, it seemed appropriate for us to return to our roots for our series and we are bringing you this podcast for the iconic and historic Danforth Chapel on the Morehouse College campus. Danforth, a small, picturesque chapel tucked away on the campus, is the perfect place to host the podcast because of its own unique history. William Danforth, former president of the Ralston-Purina Company, provided funds to build 15 Danforth Chapels on college campuses from the late 1930s to the mid-1950s. But the Morehouse chapel, built in 1955, is the only one at a Historically Black College and University; it’s one of a kind, and that inspired us to name our podcast, Danforth Dialogues. We are pleased to have Rev. Terry Walker, Director of Chapel Relations at Morehouse College, join us today to provide some more background on the Danforth Chapel at Morehouse College.
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