Morehouse: rape allegations won't affect President Obama's visit

2:40 AM, May 3, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- The month of May was supposed to be an exciting time for Morehouse College.

In less than two weeks, President Barack Obama will come to campus to deliver the school's commencement speech, the first sitting president to do so.

But Wednesday, another story grabbed headlines: three Morehouse basketball players are facing rape and other charges. Two are being charged with rape and aggravated sodomy; a third is charged with aggravated sodomy, kidnapping and restless conduct.

In an unrelated case, another Morehouse student was arrested and charged with rape.

Thursday, a Morehouse spokesperson told 11Alive News the President's visit will continue as planned, unaffected by the allegations.

Brandon Banks, president of the Atlanta Morehouse Alumni Association, described the past few weeks as "highs and lows" for those who love Morehouse, but said the allegations won't diminish the excitement of President Obama's visit.

"I don't think isolated events can put a black cloud over the great things that are happening at Morehouse college," Banks said. "We're not perfect, but we understand that there are situations that need to be addressed."

He added, "sometimes, these opportunities are created so that we can have proactive conversations and strengthen our students and our alumni."

A spokesperson said the college has not been in correspondence with the White House about the rape allegations.

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