The Reverend Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, to Deliver Baccalaureate Sermon

The Baccalaureate Service will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., in the Fisk Memorial Chapel. The speaker is The Reverend Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, in Rochester, New York.

Reverend Dr. Marvin A. McMickleBorn in Chicago, Illinois in 1948, Dr. McMickle is a 1970 graduate of Aurora University in Illinois where he earned a B.A. in Philosophy. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1973, and completed two additional years of graduate study at Columbia University in New York. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey in 1983. He was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1998.

Dr. McMickle was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1990, by his alma mater. Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, OH awarded him the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2010. In 2012, he was named a Princeton Theological Seminary Distinguished Alumnus.

He was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1973 at Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City where he served on the pastoral staff from 1972-1976. He served as the pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church of Montclair, New Jersey from 1976-1986. During those years Dr. McMickle served as adjunct faculty at Fordham University, Princeton Theological Seminary, New Brunswick Theological Seminary and New York Theological Seminary. He also taught biblical studies courses inside of Ossining Correctional Center (Sing Sing) in Ossining, New York from 1982 to 1984.

Dr. McMickle served as the Senior Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio from 1987-2011. During that time he led the church in establishing a ministry for people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. This ministry was the first of its kind in the entire country. The church also offered ministries in the areas of job training, a hunger center, three AA units, a credit union with over $2 million in assets and a tithing program in which the congregation donated 10% of its annual income every year to the community. During his tenure at Antioch, fourteen men and women were licensed or ordained into Christian ministry.

In May of 2011, he was elected the twelfth president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY.

Before arriving in Rochester he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH. Dr. McMickle was also the Professor of Homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio from 1996 to 2011. Upon retiring from Ashland Theological Seminary, the faculty named him Professor Emeritus. He is the author of fourteen books and has authored dozens of articles that regularly appear in professional journals and magazines. His writings also appear in Feasting on the Word and Preaching God’s Transforming Justice; two recent preaching commentaries. He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. During the winter semester of 2009, he served as a Visiting Professor of Preaching, at Yale University Divinity School.

Dr. McMickle has been married to Peggy Lorraine Noble since 1975, and they have one son, Aaron, who resides with his wife in New York City.

Carla Harris and Charles Ogletree, Jr. to Speak at 140th Annual Commencement Exercises

Fisk University’s 140th Annual Commencement Exercises will be held on Monday, May 5th, at 10:00 a.m. at The Temple Church, 3810 Kings Lane, Nashville. This year’s speakers are Carla Harris, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, and Charles Ogletree, Jr., the prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law.

Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, and Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. In August of 2013, Ms. Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.

Carla HarrisFor more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transactions in U.S. history.

She is the Chair of the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and sits on the boards of the Food Bank for NYC, The Executive Leadership Council, The Toigo Foundation, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), A Better Chance, Inc., The Apollo Theatre Foundation, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and Xavier University. Ms. Harris is Co-Chair of the National Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

She is the recipient of many awards including the Bert King Award from the Harvard Business School African American Alumni Association, the 2005 Women’s Professional Achievement Award from Harvard University, the Pierre Toussaint Medallion from the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York, the Women of Power Award given by the National Urban League, and the Women of Influence Award from The Links, Incorporated. Ms. Harris is also the author of the book, Expect to Win (Hudson Press, 2010).

Ms. Harris received her MBA, Second Year Honors, from Harvard Business School and an AB in economics from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude. She is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates of laws, humanities and business from Marymount Manhattan College, Bloomfield College, Jacksonville University, Simmons College and the College of New Rochelle, respectively. Ms. Harris is actively involved in her community and heartily believes that “we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to someone else.”

Charles OgletreeCharles Ogletree, Jr. is the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. Professor Ogletree opened the offices of The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice in September 2005, as a tribute to the legendary civil rights lawyer and mentor and teacher of such great civil rights lawyers as Thurgood Marshall and Oliver Hill. The Institute has engaged in a wide range of important educational, legal and policy issues over the past 6 years.

Professor Ogletree is the author of several important books on race and justice. His most recent publication is a book co-edited with Professor Austin Sarat of Amherst College entitled Life without Parole: America's New Death Penalty? (NYU Press, 2012). Other publications include The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class, and Crime in America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).In November 2009, NYU Press published Professor Ogletree’s book, co-edited with Professor Austin Sarat, The Road to Abolition: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States. Also edited with Austin Sarat, When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarriages of Justice and From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America were published by NYU Press in January of 2009 and May of 2006 respectively. His historical memoir, All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education, was published by W.W. Norton & Company in April 2004. Professor Ogletree also co-authored Beyond the Rodney King Story: An Investigation of Police Conduct in Minority Communities (Northeastern University Press 1995).

In 2009 Professor Ogletree was awarded the prestigious ABA Spirit of Excellence Award in recognition of his many contributions to the legal profession. In 2008, the National Law Journal named Professor Ogletree one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America. Every year since 2006, Professor Ogletree has been named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 100+ Most Influential Black Americans. He was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the National Black Law Students Association, where he served as National President from 1977-1978. Professor Ogletree also received the first ever Rosa Parks Civil Rights Award given by the City of Boston, the Hugo A. Bedau Award given by the Massachusetts Anti-Death Penalty Coalition, and Morehouse College’s Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize. He has also received honorary doctorates from several universities and colleges including Cambridge College, Wilberforce University, the University of Miami, the New England School of Law, Lincoln College, Tougaloo College, Mount Holyoke College, and Amherst College.

Professor Ogletree is a native of Merced, California, where he attended public schools. Professor Ogletree earned an M.A. and B.A. (with distinction) in Political Science from Stanford University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


  1. The Department of Arts and Languages presents the Fall 2016 Humanities Workshop
  2. Civil Rights activist Diane Nash to deliver keynote address for Fisk University Jubilee Day Convocation
  3. Jubilee Singers Exhibit
  4. Fisk University to launch The Executive Series for Nashville Top Executives
  5. Fisk University Awarded $452,000 from National Science Foundation
  6. Jubilee Day Heritage Concert
  7. Powernomics Corporation of America founder to speak at Fisk University for Lecture Series
  8. Author and Former U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chairwoman to speak at Fisk University as part of Fisk Lecture Series
  9. Ebenezer Armah Receives BDPA Foundation Scholarship
  10. Author Mary Frances Berry to Speak at Fisk University for Lecture Series
  11. Alicia Henry Named 2016 Winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art
  12. Hildateri Parks Smith '02 Named Principal of McGavok Elementary School
  13. Darlean Martin '18 Accepted into University of Oklahoma Structural Biology Research Program
  14. Fisk University to Participate in Interfaith Community Service Campus Challenge
  15. From the Desk of President Frank L. Sims
  16. Upcoming Events
  17. In Memoriam
  18. Sirius XM Radio Host Joe Madison to Speak at Fisk University for Fisk Lecture Series
  19. Fisk University Awarded $404,000 Grant from Army Research Office for Defense Research
  20. Fisk University Welcomes Fullbright Scholar to Faculty
  21. Inaugural Talented Tenth Gala and Awards Ceremony to be Held to Support Fisk Scholarships
  22. Fisk Faculty Members to Collaborate with Local Artists for Community Art Exhibit
  23. Kayla Elliot '10 Receives Southern Education Foundation Fellowship
  24. Giovanni to Receive Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia
  25. Inaugural Talented Tenth Gala and Awards Ceremony Held to Support Fisk Scholarships
  26. Stephanie Woodson '10 Named ZETA of the Year
  27. Dr. Carlton Maxwell '02 Delivers 2016 Commencement Address at University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
  28. Mathew Knowles '75 Receives Doctorate From Cornerstone Christian Bible College
  29. We Invite You to Show Your Support for Fisk by Making a Generous Gift to the Fisk Fund by June 30th
  30. Dearly Departed
  31. C. Orlandus Majors '87 Named First Vice President and Relationship Manager of INS Bank
  32. From the Desk of President Frank L. Sims
  33. New Student Orientation Fall 2016
  34. Student Victor Vinson Awarded the U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad
  35. United Negro College Fund to Award $50K Planning Grant to Fisk University
  36. President Frank L. Sims Hosts “Golf Outing with the President” During 2016 Alumni Reunion Weekend
  37. Asher Turney, MD '99 Named to Nashville's Black 40 Under 40 by Stay On The Go Magazine
  38. Iral Davis Porter ’60 Honored by the National Medical Association
  39. Joyce Searcy '71 Receives Metro Nashville Community Service Award
  40. KAPPA GAMMA CHAPTER of ZETA PHI BETA Sorority Kicks Off 50th Year Anniversary Celebration
  41. Dearly Departed
  42. Around Campus
  43. Dearly Departed
  44. Around Campus
  45. Wynell Edwards Retires After 47 Years of Service to Fisk
  46. Fisk Jubilee Singers® concert adds special guests
  47. NAIA All American Honorable Mention: Stevonna Scott
  48. Fisk Alumna Dr. Lauren Hicks Barton ’75 Elected President of the Michigan Occupational and Environmental Association
  49. Fisk University to Establish Research Center with $5M Grant From National Science Foundation
  50. Fisk University to Host Sesquicentennial Scholarship Gala at Music City Center
  51. Fisk University Establishes Research Center with $5m Grant From National Science Foundation
  52. Frist Center for the Visual Arts Celebrates WFSK 88.1 with Free Admissions for Faculty, Staff and Alumni
  53. Stieglitz Art Collection Returns To Fisk
  54. Dearly Departed
  55. Carl Van Vechten Gallery Grand Re-Opening
  56. UNCF/ Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Announces Selection of Fisk University Students
  57. Fisk Faculty Selected as Guest Speaker for National Science Foundation Workshop
  58. 87th Annual Spring Arts Festival
  59. Student Government Association Hosts Baltimore City State Attorney
  60. The Fisk Jubilee SIngers ® Recieve Feature Story in the Boston Globe and Recognition From Berklee College of Music
  61. Diane Nash ’61 to Receive Honorary Degree Ffrom University of Notre Dame
  62. P. Andrew Patterson ’65 to be Recognized with 2016 Law and Justice Award
  63. Stieglitz Art Collection Returns to Fisk
  64. Fisk Jubilee Singers® set to Headline Concert at Ryman Audiorium
  65. Fisk Women of Prominence Luncheon
  66. Fisk Jubilee Singer finds voice after cancer
  67. Fisk students have long history of fighting injustice
  68. Fisk Jubilee Singers bring gospel tradition to Boston
  69. Fisk Forum
  70. Dearly Departed
  71. Hotel Rooms for Reunion 2016
  72. Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Celebrates 90th Birthday with Fisk Beautification Project
  73. Fisk University Celebrates its Sesquicentennial with Various Events Year-Round
  74. Jazz on The Move: The Music and Life of Nat King Cole
  75. WFSK 88.1 Hits Milestone with Educational Programming
  76. Renowned Vocalist Presents Program of African American Spirituals
  77. Monique Odom ’95 Named Deputy Director of Metro Nashville Parks
  78. Around Campus
  79. Kim Whitley Wins Hollywood Game Night
  80. Fisk Women of Prominence Luncheon
  81. Jazzy 88 WFSK - Upcoming Events
  82. Dearly Departed
  83. Jacquelyn Favours '13 Joins Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance
  84. Fisk Professors Win $333,249 Research Award
  85. Elizabeth Taylor ’02 Joins The Tennessee State Board of Education
  86. Kimberly Goods ’93 Named Teacher Of The Year
  87. Fisk Sunday
  88. Fisk Coverage Of Founders’ Day
  89. Women Of Perfection Participate In Annual MLK Day Of Service
  90. Kansas City Public Schools Names Dr. Mark Bedell ’97 New Superintendent
  91. Berklee College of Music Presents the Fisk Jubilee Singers®
  92. Hotel Rooms for Reunion 2016
  93. Dearly Departed
  94. Sesquicentennial Exhibits – John Hope & Aurelia E. Franklin Library
  95. University Open | Monday, January 25th
  96. Classes Cancelled and University | January 22, 2016
  97. Religious Leaders for Fisk Prayer Brunch
  98. 34th Annual Convocation: In Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  99. Holiday Music at Fisk University
  100. University News - October 30, 2015
  101. University News - October 24, 2015
  102. Legacy Day
  103. University News - October 17, 2015
  104. Interim President: wants to improve finances
  105. Interim President
  106. Leadership Transition
  107. Sesquicentennial Calendar
  108. 2015 Jubilee Day Schedule
  109. 2015 Homecoming
  110. 2015 Live Well Benefits Fair
  111. New Student Orientation 2015: Brochure
  112. New Student Orientation 2015: at-a-glance
  113. 30 Great Small Business Degree Programs 2015
  114. Title IX
  115. Fisk Student Selected for Summer Research Experience at National Institute
  116. Fisk Inks Partnership Agreements with Nine Chinese Universities
  117. Trustees Establish Global Studies Fund
  118. Math Club Orientation
  119. Lady Patriot
  120. Nashville Freedom Schools' - Newsletter
  121. The walk for healthcare
  122. Sesquicentennial Art Project artist selected
  123. Volleyball Camp
  124. Awarded Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Agency
  125. Board of Trustees - New Members
  126. Los Angeles Fisk Alumni Association | Jazz Brunch
  127. Mandatory Senior Class Commencement Rehearsal 2
  128. Mandatory Senior Class Commencement Rehearsal 1
  129. President Announces Tuition Freeze & CFO Appointment
  130. Fisk 100 Revisited
  131. A $50,000 Makeover for Fisk Student Areas
  132. Student Leaders for 2015-2016 Academic Year
  133. Fisk University Associate Professor Dr. Lean'tin Bracks Has A Banner Year
  134. Inaugural Valda Montgomery Child Health Symposium Held at ASU
  135. Paine College Names Fisk Alumna Provost and VP of Academic Affairs
  136. Students Challenge State Voter ID Law
  137. 2015 Fisk University Baseball Team
  138. Swing Low Sweet Chariot moment captured on new Exeter Pound note
  139. Alumna Named Executive Director
  140. Alumnus Issues $500,000 Challenge to All Alumni
  141. Registration Opens for 2015 Maymester, Summer, and Fall Terms on March 16th!
  142. 2015 Retool Your School
  143. University Closed - Due to Inclement Weather(02.18.15)
  144. University Closed - Due to Inclement Weather(02.17.15)
  145. University Closed - Due to Inclement Weather(02.16.15)
  146. Live Demonstration of Mediation
  147. Fisk University News - January 2015
  148. Dr. Natalie Arnett selected for Prestigous Five-Year NSF Career Award
  149. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Convocation
  150. Advertisement - Vice President for Finance & Administration
  151. Fisk president discusses historic university's current state and future
  152. Happy Holidays from the Fisk University Family
  153. Christmas at Fisk
  154. Mark Crowder wins National ABRCMS Award
  155. 2014 Fisk Homecoming
  156. First Lifetime Achievement Award to Trustee Emerita Leatrice B. McKissack
  158. Fisk University Maintains National Rankings
  159. Increased Enrollment For Third ConsecutiveYear
  160. Jazzy 88 WFSK Begins 2014 Fall Fund Drive with 9th Annual 48-hour Radiothon
  161. American Red Cross | Blood Drive
  162. Jubilee Day
  163. Sesquicentennial Art Commission
  164. New Student Orientation Fall 2014
  165. From a Spark to a Flame:
  166. Dr. Gladys Inez Ford
  167. Van Vechten Art Gallery
  168. New Student Orientation at-a-glance Fall 2014
  169. Fisk University Pre-College Summer Program
  170. Baccalaureate and Commencement 2014
  171. Gables Elementary
  172. Press Release 04/24/14
  173. Press Release 04/10/14
  174. Fisk wins HCASC challenge
  175. Retool Your School
  176. 2014 Scholars Weekend Schedule
  177. Campus Safety Awareness Week
  178. 85th Annual Spring Arts Festival - Schedule
  179. Business Week at Fisk University
  180. 2014 Honors Convocation
  181. 16th Annual Fisk Research Symposium (FRS) - Call for Abstracts
  182. Fisk University and the Los Angeles Alumni Association of Fisk Univeristy
  183. Fisk University has made great strides in past year
  184. Prelaw Seminar at Fisk University
  185. Keynote at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Convocation
  186. SACSCOC Reaffirms University's Accreditation
  187. Last Night's Art Talk: Alicia Henry and Jaamal Sheats at Fisk
  188. Fisk University Presents Christmas at Fisk
  189. Fisk Alumni Article Featured in the Marin Independent Journal
  190. Stieglitz Collection Unveiled at Fisk's Partner, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  191. Allstate Quotes for Education
  192. Nashvillians reflect on March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr
  193. Fisk University Celebrates its Trailblazing Students
  194. Honorary Degree Nominations
  195. Fisk University receives 2013 R&D 100 Award
  196. Fisk AVP Jonathan M. Frost named a finalist for 2013 NELA Awards
  197. Golf Outing with Fisk President H. James Williams
  198. Fisk Alumna Mary K. Bush featured on television program