Bishop Woodie WhiteCandler School of Theology’s Dean Jan Love and Bishop Woodie White have been inducted into the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars and Board of Preachers, respectively. The two were inducted at the 144th annual Ministers and Laity Induction Crown Forum on the Morehouse campus on April 7.

Inspired by Morehouse’s historic religious tradition, the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers, Board of Sponsors, and Collegium of Scholars is designed to recognize those who act as “ethically and spiritually-oriented role models and moral examples,” according to the charge to the inductees. The charge further directs inductees to be “affirmative and appreciative, coherently critical examples for this generation of students, always remembering that our vision is the creation of a global society in which the full development of each individual’s potential is the central goal.”

Dean Jan Love“I am deeply grateful, moved, and humbled by this honor,” says Love.  “As I was growing up in rural Alabama, Martin Luther King, Jr., was considered a hero by our family. His vision of the beloved community has inspired me throughout my life. For Morehouse College to pay tribute to me in this way touches the very core of my being, gives me great joy, and serves as a reminder to me to strive to live up to this high calling,” she adds.  

United Methodist Bishop Woodie White, bishop-in-residence at Candler since 2004, was likewise moved by his selection. “To be associated with Morehouse College through this prestigious award is both humbling and challenging,” says White. “It is another reminder of the awesome responsibility of leadership in a world crying out for prophetic, sensitive and sensible leaders.”

“I will endeavor always to live up to the great legacy of both Morehouse College and the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for whom the award is named,” he adds.

The two were among 29 individuals recognized this year by Morehouse, including Dr. Rudolph Byrd of the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University, who was inducted into the Collegium of Scholars.

Love and White join Dr. Michael Joseph Brown, Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, as recent inductees from Candler School of Theology. Brown was elected to the Collegium of Scholars in 2010.