Education: Captain of the Capstone

In a University of Paris classroom an American Negro attending a meeting of religious leaders sat reading and rereading a cable that had just come from the U.S. The year was 1926, and for Mordecai Johnson, 36, the news that he had been elected president of Howard University in Washington, D.C. should have been cause for celebration. But, recalls Johnson, it was not: "My happiness on my trip was destroyed."

A Baptist minister with two bachelor's degrees (Morehouse College, the University of Chicago), an M.A. from Harvard and a divinity degree from the Rochester...

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