Morehouse Valedictorian Celebrates Manhood, Rejects Rhodes Scholarship

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Dr. Kwaw “Andreas Woods” Imana, the 2000 Morehouse valedictorian – beautifully articulating his reasons for rejecting the Rhodes Scholarship, according to Dr. Obadele Kambon who posted this video on YouTube.

The acknowledgement of manhood and the development of manhood is why many young Black men choose Morehouse College. It was a place that helped make boys into scholars and leaders.

Dr. Imana earned a 4.0 majoring in mathematics and went on to become the first Black man in the history of the U.S. to get a PhD in Egyptology focusing on the mathematics of ancient Kemet. He now teaches Mdw Ntr (Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs), among other subjects, at Howard University, according to Dr. Kambon who added, “he spoke right before Nima Warfield, Morehouse College’s first Rhodes Scholar, causing Warfield to have to ditch his prepared speech altogether out of embarrassment.”


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Toure Muhammad

Author Toure Muhammad is the head bean, publisher and chief strategist of Bean Soup Times. The Morehouse graduate has written front page cover stories for The Final Call and N’digo. He has been featured in the Chicago Reader, Upscale magazine, rolling out newspaper, and N’Digo magapaper. He’s been featured on Tavis Smiley’s radio show on NPR, on Chicago’s WBEZ (Chicago public radio), and many other radio shows.

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