During Morehouse's 25th Annual "A Candle in the Dark" fundraising gala over the weekend, the Ray Charles Foundation stunned the room by announcing their donation of $3 million to the college.
"I know that Ray Charles had a long-standing relationship with Morehouse based on professionalism, integrity and honesty," said Valerie Ervin, president of The Ray Charles Foundation. "He genuinely valued the education and preparation that Morehouse provides to young men."
The gift will secure the naming of the academic wing of the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College after his mother, Aretha Robinson.
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' dear friend and former Morehouse Trustee Bill Cosby opened that performance, but it was his long-time manager, Joe Adams, who introduced the star to Morehouse. Adams was an avid supporter of and contributor to Morehouse, having given a personal gift, himself, in support of the construction of the performing arts center, now named for his dear friend.
Source: Black America Web