Morehouse College Turns to Crowdfunding to Refurbish 37-Year-Old King Chapel

Exterior of chapel.
Exterior of chapel.

Step inside the King Chapel at Morehouse College, and you enter a space steeped in history, legacy and culture.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela was presented with 37 honorary degrees within the hallowed walls. Mandela’s predecessor F.W. de Klerk apologized for apartheid from the sacred chapel stage. Spike Lee, famed director and Morehouse alumnus, premiered his Hurricane Katrina film, “When the Levees Broke” inside.

The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, was built on the campus of Dr. King’s undergraduate alma mater and was designed as a place and space for the Morehouse College community, the local Atlanta metro community, and the global community to celebrate King’s life and legacy.

Set in King’s native Atlanta and built in the spirit of keeping his ‘dream’ alive, the college is now working to refurbish the 37-year-old chapel, viewed as a lasting memorial to King. The notable wear and tear on the decades old structure has led to the “Restore King Chapel” campaign, designed to raise funds to renovate the chapel.

Morehouse has turned to gathering donations through crowdfunding – the process of funding a project through donations from the masses in amounts great and small. The current phase of Indiegogo fundraising campaign will close on Saturday May 23.

“Crowdfunding works to rally around a cause that is of particular interest to you,” said Henry Goodgame, Morehouse ’84, Director, Alumni Relations, Special Events and Annual Giving Programs. “So alums are responding we think very well.”

Morehouse hoped to bring attention to their project with Morehouse Day of Giving, one of a number of single day giving events that the college rallied throughout April. They hope to reach more Morehouse alumni—particularly young alumni up to fifteen years out of college, and welcome others who want to give.

“We really want this to be our first foray into the crowdfunding space, where it’s painless to give. You can give there [] and know that it’s making an impact,” Goodgame added.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Chris Nelson

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