Homecoming 2011 was filled with an invigorating and engaging week of events. Dubbed “Sole Prophecy,” homecoming included the annual hip-hop concert and fashion show, neo-soul concert featuring R&B artist Miguel, the Miss Spelman and Miss Maroon and White coronations, a football game against Benedict College, and the first comedy show in six years. All of the activities were planned by student organizations PULSE at Spelman and CASA at Morehouse.
Spelman’s Sisters Chapel launched Homecoming 2011 with an opening worship service on Sunday Oct. 16, featuring Tiffany A. Thomas, C’2008, associate minister at Christ Church in New York City, as guest minister. The service was followed by the annual kickoff jam on the Spelman oval. Students packed the oval to win prizes, enjoy food, music, and camaraderie that was fueled by the stroll competition between Spelman and Morehouse freshman residence halls.
“Culmination,” the hip-hop concert and fashion show took place on Monday at Morehouse College’s Forbes Arena. The stadium was filled with cheering students who were entertained with intermittent dance breaks and performances between runway segments. An intermingling of style and hip-hop culture, the concert featured hip-hop recording artists Kendrick Lamar, Ace Hood, YC and the Future.
Tuesday, students enjoyed the neo-soul concert with R&B artist Miguel, who performed hit singles “Sure Thing” and “All I Want Is You,” in front of a raving audience in a packed Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.
On Wednesday, Phat Comedy presented the “Lunacy” comedy show in King Chapel. Standup comedians Ronnie Jordan, Gerard Guillory, Khiry Lee, Vanessa Fraction, and Sean Larkins held the audience captive with jokes and humorous skits. Amused students gave standing ovations while laughing hysterically.
On Thursday, the Miss Spelman Coronation featured the courts of various Spelman organizations, a number of colorful and exuberant African and modern dance performances, as well as talent from Miss Spelman, Raavin Evans, and her court. In addition, Morehouse College held the annual Miss Maroon and White coronation, highlighting courts of Morehouse organizations, and featuring the talents of Miss Maroon and White, Lauren Wicker, and her court. Immediately following the production was the 2011 coronation ball, an elegant event where students dressed in formal attire and enjoyed music and refreshments at the Americas Mart in downtown Atlanta.
Morehouse won their football game on Saturday, as the Maroon Tigers defeated Benedict College 34-27, The victory was followed by tailgate, known for being the most celebrated homecoming event. The night was rounded out with a highly lauded step show competition featuring members of the Clark Atlanta Delta Sigma Theta and Phi Beta Sigma organizations, Spelman Alpha Kappa Alpha and Sigma Gamma Rho organizations, Morehouse Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Phi Alpha, and Kappa Alpha Psi organizations, and Norfolk State Iota Phi Theta Alpha Kappa Alpha and Iota Phi Theta were declared victors of the competition.
On the following Sunday, the closing worship service was held at King Chapel and presided over by the Rev. Dr. Kevin Johnson, pastor at Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia. – Kimberlee Cox-Malone, C’2013, is majoring in economics, and Dannieka Wiggins, C’2012, is majoring in English. Both are interns in the Office of Communications.