One hundred and forty-six years after Morehouse College was founded, Herman Beck (’92), matriculated through their hallowed halls and epitomizes the very essence of the Morehouse Mystique. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Beck’s entrepreneurial spirit flourished after working on Wall Street, teaching English in China, and managing the regional sales division of a Fortune 100 company.
Beck, a consummate entrepreneur, founded and runs his business and corporate division on the principles of integrity, professionalism and innovation – skills he learned while studying at Morehouse. Beck credits his alma mater as the foundation for the success of his business endeavors. “Being a Morehouse man is very dear to me,” Beck told Politic365 in an exclusive interview, “It’s the place where I learned that there is no shortcut to success, and you have to hone your skills and be game ready for opportunity when it comes.” Beck beamed when he reflected upon the words of legendary Morehouse President Benjamin E. Mays, who often talked about the connections between service, excellence and greatness. Beck paraphrased May’s words, “we ought not seek greatness; we ought to seek to serve, and when we seek to serve we will bump into greatness along the way.”
In rallying other Morehouse Men to recall this spirit of service, Beck encourages his fellow alumni to look at the National Day of Service as “a day on, not a day off. We have an obligation to make our communities, our country better,” he says, “and as we honor this moment in history, we have a unique opportunity to take service to the next level.”
Beck prides himself on his commitment to cultivating globally-minded, tech savvy young professionals who will have one foot firmly rooted in the proud tradition instilled at Morehouse, and the other foot ever progressing forward toward new social, political and economic opportunities for Blacks in America. Dr. Michael Lomax, President and CEO of the UNCF and Morehouse alumnus states, “the goal of the Morehouse Man is to know not to guess, to lead not to follow. Beck certainly lives up to that credo.”
Just days before President Obama’s Inauguration for his second term, Morehouse College welcomed back its students for the spring semester and prepared to usher in two major milestones: the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the college’s most heralded alumni, and the forthcoming tenure of the school’s 11th president, Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., a 1979 graduate of Morehouse and the former Executive Director of President Obama’s White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
With a new president coming to Morehouse, Beck believes that the men of Morehouse have “a very crucial opportunity to help young Black men understand who they are and whose they are.” The Morehouse network “rivals that of Harvard and Yale, [and] has set the tone and tradition for leadership and civil rights in America,” he said. “We can and must make a difference.”
“With President Obama being elected for a second term and a new leader ascending to the helm of Morehouse, both men understand the impact Black men can have on this country and the world.” There’s no time like the present, says Beck, to reexamine and reclaim the Morehouse Mystique.
Through the assistance of alumni like Herman Beck, Morehouse will become the embodiment of a decisive vision for the nation’s preeminent private liberal arts college for Black men – and that vision will be amplified through social media and the expansion of broadband technology.
Thomas Dortch, Chairman, National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, said it best, “Dr. King had a dream that envisioned a better world for all of us. Herman is a 21st Century luminary who has taken up the mantle of service by inspiring young men to realize Dr. King’s dream, and to live and lead by his example.”