Originally created 09/30/00

Speaker inspires others



Martin Luther King Jr. dubbed Otis Moss Jr. "the silver-tongue orator."

He is an original member of the board of directors for PUSH and has served as its national chairman.

When Andrew Young was installed as president of the National Council of Churches in Cleveland in 1999, he was there. He brought the message.

And on Father's Day at Tabernacle Baptist Church in June, he was there, too. His son, the Rev. Otis Moss III, is pastor.

Dr. Moss will be the motivational speaker at the annual Augusta Morehouse College Club Scholarship luncheon at noon Wednesday at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel and Convention Center, 2 10th St. Tickets are $35 and are available from any Morehouse graduate or by calling 724-4539.

Dr. Moss, president of the Morehouse board of trustees, was listed among the 15 greatest black preachers by Ebony magazine in 1984 and 1993. Pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland since 1975, he has advised religious, civic and government leaders during his 45-year career.

President Clinton invited him to the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan in 1994. He advised President Carter on moral and social issues during a meeting of religious leaders at Camp David in 1979.

In 1997, University Hospitals of Cleveland named a health facility after him that provides spiritual counseling and primary, preventive and specialty care for adults and children.

Dr. Benjamin Mays, president of Morehouse, was a mentor for him, said Ed McIntyre, president of the alumni club and a classmate of Dr. Moss.

Mr. McIntyre credited Dr. Mays for inspiring Dr. Moss and other Morehouse students to contribute to the betterment of the world. Students heard "that philosophy almost every day in some form or fashion," he said.

Morehouse traces its roots to the basement of Springfield Baptist Church and the Augusta Institute, founded in 1867.

The 3,000-student liberal arts school in Atlanta is one of the few campuses with both a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and accreditation from the American Association of Schools and Colleges of Business.

Mr. McIntyre returns to his alma mater every year for graduation, he said. "It gives an inspiration to me to go back and see those young men come out of there."

For more information, visit Morehouse at its Web site, www.morehouse.edu.

Who: Dr. Otis Moss Jr.

What: Morehouse scholarship luncheon

Where: Radisson Riverfront Hotel and Convention Center, 2 10th St.

When: Noon Wednesday

Cost: $35

Phone: 724-4539

Reach Virginia Norton at (706) 823-3336 or vanorton@augustachronicle.com.