Look the part, act the part

Morehouse College’s new president, Dr. Robert Michael Franklin Jr. ain’t playing. He wants to see some changes at Morehouse and I don’t blame him.

Morehouse’s new president, Dr. Robert Michael Franklin Jr., wants to make being smart cool again and put morality at the forefront of the college’s mission. The jackets are the first step in that direction, according to officials. It’s also part of the school’s new, stricter dress and conduct expectations.

In two separate speeches to incoming freshmen as well as returning upper-classmen, Franklin emphasized a laundry list of unacceptable behaviors and conduct, which included cursing as well as the kinds of clothing some students wear.

“We are Morehouse, and we will not tolerate sagging pants that gravitate far below your waistline. No do-rags; no baseball caps inside buildings,” Franklin said in his first public address to students last month. “No pajamas in the classroom. You are men of Morehouse. You are better than that. I will be watching and expecting class from you.”

“Look the part. Act the part. Talk the talk and walk the walk,” Franklin emphasized to students who gathered inside Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel to hear his speeches.

Traylor doesn’t mind Franklin’s charge to the Morehouse student body. “They’re getting stricter on the dress code, and that’s fine. It’s a show of pride. I think it’s a good move, a move in the right direction.”

I’m sure some idiot will start hollering that do-rags are a part of black culture and they’re just keeping it real.

One response

  1. Interesting . . . I hadn’t heard of that happening at Morehouse. My brother went to Hampton (graduated in ’05) and they also had a strict dresscode. I was somewhat offended – after all, isn’t college the time when you’re supposed to experiment and develop your own personal style? But my parents, with their Cliff and Claire Huxtable sensibilities, ate it up. Overall, I guess it isn’t such a bad thing . . . especially if you’re preparing students to go to Corporate America, which Hampton, Morehouse, Spelman, and other HBCUs seem to do.

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