The prayer vigil for Morris Brown College as described in the AJC seemed more of a wake than an awakening. Small crowds of people moved and prayed among boarded up buildings and overgrown fields that once were thriving with young, eager students looking forward to their future. The story spoke of the school accolades reaching back as far as the 1950’s with the peak being the stadium build for the 1996 Olympics.
It’s ironic that a school founded by freed slaves would find itself now on the auction block, burden with a yoke of debt, being sold to the highest bidder. Neighboring schools and community reach out but are unable to stop what seems to be the eventual fate of the once thriving college.
There seems little hope for Morris Brown, with no accreditation, little support from alumni, near extinct enrollment, and looming bankruptcy. Rest in peace Morris Brown, and be proud of your legacy. And before it’s all gone, perhaps some of the campus could be reserved as a historical reference for us all--that we not forget what can be when enslaved men are freed.