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King Virgil Cheek, J.D. is a lifelong educator who has served as President of Shaw University from 1969 to 1971, and also served as the 7th President of Morgan State University from 1971 to 1974.[1][2] He was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, including participating in the March on Washington in 1963. He is the author of numerous books including The Quadrasoul, novels that explore the four dimensions of the human spirit.

King Virgil Cheek
7th President of Morgan State University
In office
Preceded byMartin D. Jenkins
Succeeded byAndrew Billingsley
Personal details
King Virgil Cheek, Jr.

(1937-05-26) May 26, 1937 (age 82)
Weldon, North Carolina
Alma materBates College,
University of Chicago
ProfessionCollege administrator, Academia, Civil-rights activist

Early life and careerEdit

He was born on May 26, 1937 in Weldon, North Carolina, his father was a Baptist minister and his mother was an insurance broker.[3] Cheek graduated from James B. Dudley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, and continued his education at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where he majored in Economics. He received his B.A. in 1959, and later continued his collegiate studies at the University of Chicago where he earned a M.A. degree in 1967. Afterwards, he earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Chicago Law School in 1969.[2]

In 1969, Cheek was appointed the President of Shaw University where he served in that post until 1971. Previously, he had served as Shaw's Dean and Vice President. In 1971, Cheek was appointed as the 7th President of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served until 1974.[3] In 1978, Cheek made a career change and dedicate more time to leadership development, and created the Center for Leadership and Career Development in Washington, D.C. He has also worked as a professor of Social Science and as Dean of Graduate Studies at the New York Institute of Technology.[3]


  1. ^ Jones, Ida (2017). "Purpose, Progress and Promise: Morgan State University in Celebration of 150 Years". Morgan Magazine. Baltimore: Morgan State University. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Black College residents: The Cheek Brothers". The Root. Archived from the original on July 23, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Biography Page for King Virgil Cheek". The History Makers. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2015.

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