- Morehouse gets $3 million gift from Ray Charles Foundation
- Morehouse College - Ray Charles Center For Performing Arts
From The AJC Article
The Ray Charles Foundation has awarded Morehouse College a $3 million gift.
The gift will secure the naming of the academic wing of the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at the college after the late singer’s mother, Aretha Robinson
The announcement was made Saturday night during Morehouse’s 25th Annual “A Candle in the Dark” gala, the largest fund-raiser for the historically black college for men.
“I know that Ray Charles had a long-standing relationship with Morehouse based on professionalism, integrity and honesty,” Valerie Ervin, president of the foundation, said in a statement. “He genuinely valued the education and preparation that Morehouse provides to young men.”
Ervin noted that the relationship between Charles and Morehouse began several years ago when he was invited to Atlanta to perform with the college’s jazz ensemble. Ray Charles’ friend and former Morehouse Trustee Bill Cosby opened that performance, but it was his long-time manager, Joe Adams, who introduced Charles to Morehouse, Ervin said. Adams was an avid contributor to Morehouse, having given a personal gift in support of the construction of the performing arts center, now named for Charles.