ATLANTA, September 20, 2001 ‹ Legendary recording artist Ray Charles (left) donated $1 million to Morehouse College today. The surprise gift was presented to Morehouse President Walter E. Massey during a ceremony at which the Grammy winning singer received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. .
The gift brings to $2 million the amount the newly designated Dr. Ray Charles has donated this year to the all-male school. Earlier this year, during the College's annual gala, called "A Candle in the Dark," Charles
received the Morehouse College prestigious Candle Award for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Entertainment. The money will be used to build a performing arts center.
Photo by Philip McCollum/Morehouse