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Thursday, July 18, 2024

American music icon, Kirk Franklin bags Doctorate Degree in music from US university

American songwriter and gospel music legend, Kirk Franklin has been awarded an Honourary Doctorate Degree in Music by Morris Brown College, Atlanta in the  United States.

Franklin was honored by the university for his impact on music and his significant contributions to the community. He was also the commencement speaker of Morris Brown College 2024 graduation.

He addressed the graduating class with a powerful message that emphasized resilience and faith. The president of Morris Brown College, Dr. Kevin James stated that Franklin’s message highlighted the importance of inner strength and the role of faith in overcoming life’s hurdles.

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Dr. James expressed his admiration for Franklin’s speech during a commencement address through a post on Instagram. He praised the speech’s impactful message and the motivation it offered to the graduating class.



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”HUGE congrats to these amazing graduates on all their accomplishments! You did it! This is such a momentous occasion, and the legendary Kirk Franklin made it even more special with his powerful commencement speech,” Dr. James said.

”Dr. Franklin’s message about calling on your source during life’s challenges was truly inspiring. He highlighted the importance of inner strength and the role of faith in overcoming life’s hurdles,” he added.

Dr. James mentioned that the honorary degree was presented to Franklin as a token of gratitude for his influence and dedication to inspiring others.

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Franklin shared the achievement on his Instagram noting that he could tell stories about embarrassing situations caused by his lack of education.

He said his mother, Gertrude, only had a fourth-grade education and worked in cotton fields while he struggled in school due to ADHD and feelings of abandonment.  However, he now views the world as his classroom and his faith as his guide.

He described the success as a dissertation of three decades of one extensive song written as a tribute to Jesus, Gertrude, Tammy, his children, and those who birthed him but could not love him.

”I could bore you with the stories of embarrassment about how my lack of education became the antagonist of my soul…. Gertrude had a fourth-grade education, the daughter of cotton field workers, and I her son failed through the system with ADHD and abandonment issues too extensive to write,” he said.

Franklin expressed his gratitude to everyone who had supported him even when they did not fully understand him.

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