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. National Research Program Selects Fisk University Student for Summer Research Program
  2. Baccalaureate Service Speaker: Reverend Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook
  3. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to Deliver 2017 Commencement Address at Fisk University
  4. Tanya Torres named 2017-2018 Student Government Association President
  5. Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management to Speak at Fisk University for The Executive Series
  6. 4th Annual I-Develop Business Week Expo
  7. Dr. Kevin D. Rome, Sr. Named 16th President of Fisk University
  8. Fisk University to Host 88th Annual Spring Arts Festival
  9. Carl Van Vechten and Aaron Douglas (Temporarily Closed for Installs)
  10. UNCF Career-Prep Tour Set To Visit Fisk University
  11. President of Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau to Speak at Fisk University for the Executive Series
  12. Fisk University Qualifies for Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship
  13. The Fisk Jubilee Singers® to be Honored by Nashville Ballet with Synergy Award
  14. CNN Political Analyst and Attorney Bakari Sellers to Speak at Fisk University
  15. Fisk University to Host Conference Basketball Tournament
  16. Joelle Phillips, President of AT&T Tennessee Announced as Lecturer for The Executive Series at Fisk University
  17. Fisk University Student Organization Awarded Funding To Expand Computing Group for Students
  18. Gary Garfield, Retired Executive Chairman, President, and CEO of Bridgestone Americas, Inc to Speak at Fisk University for the Executive Series
  19. Fisk University partners with community arts organizations for Civil Rights Movement Celebration Concert
  20. Fisk University awarded $1 million grant from UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative
  21. Fisk University to host Christmas at Fisk Holiday Concert
  22. Fisk University to establish Sports Hall of Fame
  23. Fisk University and Ivy Tech Community College announce transfer agreement
  24. The Department of Arts and Languages presents the Fall 2016 Humanities Workshop
  25. Civil Rights activist Diane Nash to deliver keynote address for Fisk University Jubilee Day Convocation
  26. Fisk Jubilee Singers® Exhibit
  27. Fisk University to launch The Executive Series for Nashville Top Executives
  28. Fisk University Awarded $452,000 from National Science Foundation
  29. Jubilee Day Heritage Concert
  30. Powernomics Corporation of America founder to speak at Fisk University for Lecture Series
  31. Author and Former U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chairwoman to speak at Fisk University as part of Fisk Lecture Series
  32. Ebenezer Armah Receives BDPA Foundation Scholarship
  33. Author Mary Frances Berry to Speak at Fisk University for Lecture Series
  34. Christmas at Fisk
  35. Alicia Henry Named 2016 Winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art
  36. Hildateri Parks Smith '02 Named Principal of McGavok Elementary School
  37. Darlean Martin '18 Accepted into University of Oklahoma Structural Biology Research Program
  38. Fisk University to Participate in Interfaith Community Service Campus Challenge
  39. From the Desk of President Frank L. Sims
  40. In Memoriam
  41. Upcoming Events
  42. Sirius XM Radio Host Joe Madison to Speak at Fisk University for Fisk Lecture Series
  43. Fisk University Awarded $404,000 Grant from Army Research Office for Defense Research
  44. Fisk University Welcomes Fullbright Scholar to Faculty
  45. Inaugural Talented Tenth Gala and Awards Ceremony to be Held to Support Fisk Scholarships
  46. Fisk Faculty Members to Collaborate with Local Artists for Community Art Exhibit
  47. Kayla Elliot '10 Receives Southern Education Foundation Fellowship
  48. Giovanni to Receive Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia
  49. Inaugural Talented Tenth Gala and Awards Ceremony Held to Support Fisk Scholarships
  50. Stephanie Woodson '10 Named ZETA of the Year
  51. Dr. Carlton Maxwell '02 Delivers 2016 Commencement Address at University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
  52. Mathew Knowles '75 Receives Doctorate From Cornerstone Christian Bible College
  53. We Invite You to Show Your Support for Fisk by Making a Generous Gift to the Fisk Fund by June 30th
  54. Dearly Departed
  55. C. Orlandus Majors '87 Named First Vice President and Relationship Manager of INS Bank
  56. From the Desk of President Frank L. Sims
  57. New Student Orientation Fall 2016
  58. Student Victor Vinson Awarded the U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad
  59. United Negro College Fund to Award $50K Planning Grant to Fisk University
  60. Asher Turney, MD '99 Named to Nashville's Black 40 Under 40 by Stay On The Go Magazine
  61. Iral Davis Porter ’60 Honored by the National Medical Association
  62. Joyce Searcy '71 Receives Metro Nashville Community Service Award
  63. KAPPA GAMMA CHAPTER of ZETA PHI BETA Sorority Kicks Off 50th Year Anniversary Celebration
  64. Dearly Departed
  65. Around Campus
  66. Dearly Departed
  67. Around Campus
  68. Wynell Edwards Retires After 47 Years of Service to Fisk
  69. Fisk Jubilee Singers® concert adds special guests
  70. NAIA All American Honorable Mention: Stevonna Scott
  71. Fisk Alumna Dr. Lauren Hicks Barton ’75 Elected President of the Michigan Occupational and Environmental Association
  72. Fisk University to Establish Research Center with $5M Grant From National Science Foundation
  73. Fisk University to Host Sesquicentennial Scholarship Gala at Music City Center
  74. Fisk University Establishes Research Center with $5m Grant From National Science Foundation
  75. Frist Center for the Visual Arts Celebrates WFSK 88.1 with Free Admissions for Faculty, Staff and Alumni
  76. Stieglitz Art Collection Returns To Fisk
  77. Dearly Departed
  78. Carl Van Vechten Gallery Grand Re-Opening
  79. UNCF/ Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Announces Selection of Fisk University Students
  80. Fisk Faculty Selected as Guest Speaker for National Science Foundation Workshop
  81. 87th Annual Spring Arts Festival
  82. Student Government Association Hosts Baltimore City State Attorney
  83. The Fisk Jubilee SIngers ® Recieve Feature Story in the Boston Globe and Recognition From Berklee College of Music
  84. Diane Nash ’61 to Receive Honorary Degree Ffrom University of Notre Dame
  85. P. Andrew Patterson ’65 to be Recognized with 2016 Law and Justice Award
  86. Stieglitz Art Collection Returns to Fisk
  87. Fisk Jubilee Singers® set to Headline Concert at Ryman Audiorium
  88. Fisk Women of Prominence Luncheon
  89. Fisk Jubilee Singer finds voice after cancer
  90. Fisk students have long history of fighting injustice
  91. Fisk Jubilee Singers bring gospel tradition to Boston
  92. Fisk Forum
  93. Dearly Departed
  94. Hotel Rooms for Reunion 2016
  95. Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Celebrates 90th Birthday with Fisk Beautification Project
  96. Fisk University Celebrates its Sesquicentennial with Various Events Year-Round
  97. Jazz on The Move: The Music and Life of Nat King Cole
  98. WFSK 88.1 Hits Milestone with Educational Programming
  99. Renowned Vocalist Presents Program of African American Spirituals
  100. Monique Odom ’95 Named Deputy Director of Metro Nashville Parks
  101. Around Campus
  102. Kim Whitley Wins Hollywood Game Night
  103. Fisk Women of Prominence Luncheon
  104. Jazzy 88 WFSK - Upcoming Events
  105. Dearly Departed
  106. Jacquelyn Favours '13 Joins Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance
  107. Fisk Professors Win $333,249 Research Award
  108. Elizabeth Taylor ’02 Joins The Tennessee State Board of Education
  109. Kimberly Goods ’93 Named Teacher Of The Year
  110. Fisk Sunday
  111. Fisk Coverage Of Founders’ Day
  112. Women Of Perfection Participate In Annual MLK Day Of Service
  113. Kansas City Public Schools Names Dr. Mark Bedell ’97 New Superintendent
  114. Berklee College of Music Presents the Fisk Jubilee Singers®
  115. Hotel Rooms for Reunion 2016
  116. Dearly Departed
  117. Sesquicentennial Exhibits – John Hope & Aurelia E. Franklin Library
  118. University Open | Monday, January 25th
  119. Classes Cancelled and University | January 22, 2016
  120. Religious Leaders for Fisk Prayer Brunch
  121. 34th Annual Convocation: In Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  122. Holiday Music at Fisk University
  123. University News - October 30, 2015
  124. University News - October 24, 2015
  125. Legacy Day
  126. University News - October 17, 2015
  127. Interim President: wants to improve finances
  128. Interim President
  129. Leadership Transition
  130. Sesquicentennial Calendar
  131. 2015 Jubilee Day Schedule
  132. 2015 Homecoming
  133. 2015 Live Well Benefits Fair
  134. New Student Orientation 2015: Brochure
  135. New Student Orientation 2015: at-a-glance
  136. 30 Great Small Business Degree Programs 2015
  137. Title IX
  138. Fisk Student Selected for Summer Research Experience at National Institute
  139. Fisk Inks Partnership Agreements with Nine Chinese Universities
  140. Trustees Establish Global Studies Fund
  141. Math Club Orientation
  142. Lady Patriot
  143. Nashville Freedom Schools' - Newsletter
  144. The walk for healthcare
  145. Sesquicentennial Art Project artist selected
  146. Volleyball Camp
  147. Awarded Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Agency
  148. Board of Trustees - New Members
  149. Los Angeles Fisk Alumni Association | Jazz Brunch
  150. Mandatory Senior Class Commencement Rehearsal 2
  151. Mandatory Senior Class Commencement Rehearsal 1
  152. President Announces Tuition Freeze & CFO Appointment
  153. Fisk 100 Revisited
  154. A $50,000 Makeover for Fisk Student Areas
  155. Student Leaders for 2015-2016 Academic Year
  156. Fisk University Associate Professor Dr. Lean'tin Bracks Has A Banner Year
  157. Inaugural Valda Montgomery Child Health Symposium Held at ASU
  158. Paine College Names Fisk Alumna Provost and VP of Academic Affairs
  159. Students Challenge State Voter ID Law
  160. 2015 Fisk University Baseball Team
  161. Swing Low Sweet Chariot moment captured on new Exeter Pound note
  162. Alumna Named Executive Director
  163. Alumnus Issues $500,000 Challenge to All Alumni
  164. Registration Opens for 2015 Maymester, Summer, and Fall Terms on March 16th!
  165. 2015 Retool Your School
  166. University Closed - Due to Inclement Weather(02.18.15)
  167. University Closed - Due to Inclement Weather(02.17.15)
  168. University Closed - Due to Inclement Weather(02.16.15)
  169. Live Demonstration of Mediation
  170. Fisk University News - January 2015
  171. Dr. Natalie Arnett selected for Prestigous Five-Year NSF Career Award
  172. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Convocation
  173. Advertisement - Vice President for Finance & Administration
  174. Fisk president discusses historic university's current state and future
  175. Happy Holidays from the Fisk University Family
  176. Christmas at Fisk
  177. Mark Crowder wins National ABRCMS Award
  178. 2014 Fisk Homecoming
  179. First Lifetime Achievement Award to Trustee Emerita Leatrice B. McKissack
  181. Fisk University Maintains National Rankings
  182. Increased Enrollment For Third ConsecutiveYear
  183. Jazzy 88 WFSK Begins 2014 Fall Fund Drive with 9th Annual 48-hour Radiothon
  184. American Red Cross | Blood Drive
  185. Jubilee Day
  186. Sesquicentennial Art Commission
  187. New Student Orientation Fall 2014
  188. From a Spark to a Flame:
  189. Dr. Gladys Inez Ford
  190. Van Vechten Art Gallery
  191. New Student Orientation at-a-glance Fall 2014
  192. Fisk University Pre-College Summer Program
  193. Baccalaureate and Commencement 2014
  194. Gables Elementary
  195. Press Release 04/24/14
  196. Press Release 04/10/14
  197. Fisk wins HCASC challenge
  198. Retool Your School
  199. 2014 Scholars Weekend Schedule
  200. Campus Safety Awareness Week
  201. 85th Annual Spring Arts Festival - Schedule
  202. 2014 Honors Convocation
  203. 16th Annual Fisk Research Symposium (FRS) - Call for Abstracts
  204. Fisk University and the Los Angeles Alumni Association of Fisk Univeristy
  205. Fisk University has made great strides in past year
  206. Prelaw Seminar at Fisk University
  207. Keynote at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Convocation
  208. SACSCOC Reaffirms University's Accreditation
  209. Last Night's Art Talk: Alicia Henry and Jaamal Sheats at Fisk
  210. Fisk University Presents Christmas at Fisk
  211. Fisk Alumni Article Featured in the Marin Independent Journal
  212. Stieglitz Collection Unveiled at Fisk's Partner, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  213. Allstate Quotes for Education
  214. Nashvillians reflect on March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr
  215. Fisk University Celebrates its Trailblazing Students
  216. Honorary Degree Nominations
  217. Fisk University receives 2013 R&D 100 Award
  218. Fisk AVP Jonathan M. Frost named a finalist for 2013 NELA Awards
  219. Fisk Alumna Mary K. Bush featured on television program