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Southern Education Foundation Board Member Dr. Charlotte Morris Speaks at Centennial Observance of Lincoln Memorial Dedication


June 21, 2022 (Atlanta, GA)On May 22, 2022, The Lincoln Group of D.C., in partnership with the National Park Service, held a ceremony entitled, “Building on Lincoln’s Vision of Unity and Equality,” at the Lincoln Memorial as part of the Centennial Observance of the Lincoln Memorial Dedication. Among the participants was Southern Education Foundation Board Member Dr. Charlotte Morris, who is also a  Lincoln scholar and the president of Tuskegee University. 

The event highlighted the full range of meaning behind the Lincoln Memorial — from its original meaning as a memorial to Lincoln’s life and contribution as savior of the Union, to becoming a symbol of civil rights. 

The entire 100th Anniversary Program of the Lincoln Memorial aired on C-Span on June 18 and is now available on YouTube

Dr. Morris was among other speakers including Lincoln historian Harold Holzer; Dr. Edna Greene Medford, noted Lincoln scholar from Howard University; and actor Stephen Lang of Avatar, Gettysburg and Gods and Generals fame. 

The ceremony also included musical accompaniment from the United States Marine Quintet and singer/actress Felicia Curry, who recently played Marian Anderson at the Ford’s Theatre production of My Lord, What a Night

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Originally founded in 1867 to educate Black children and children from low-income families in the South, the Southern Education Foundation also has a long history of developing leaders in education and was a pivotal source of research and data to support legislation and litigation aimed at fighting inequity in education during the civil rights era. The organization today conducts leadership development, research, and advocacy to improve educational opportunities for students of color and students from low-income families and achieve educational equity in the southern U.S. It is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Find out more at