RIP Morris Brown?

Is there hope for Morris Brown or is Morris Brown a piece of history to be remembered.

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  And before it’s all gone, perhaps some of the campus could be reserved as a historical reference for us all--that we not forget what can be when enslaved men are freed.

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Jair Sweatman September 07, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Maybe I missed something here, but Morris Brown isn't going anywhere. Later this month we expect the school to regain its accreditation which is another important step along the way back. When this chapter in the history of Morris Brown is over, the next chapter will begin with "We fought through the darkest hours and we lived to see glory shine upon us once again. We kept going when they expected us to fail. We survived when others had written us off and we begin anew, determined, smarter and better for the fight." I hope no one writes my obituary before I've taken my final breath. Certainly not while I still have the fighting spirit coursing through my veins. Don't erect that tombstone yet. We ain't done cause He ain't done with us yet!
Marc Richardson September 07, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Agreed Jair, I do not think Morris Brown is dead yet, but it's good to keep them in the forefront of our minds and we do what we can to help them survive.
Yvonne Moss September 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Some excellent ideas for saving Morris Brown and other black colleges by By Marybeth Gasman may be found at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/therootdc/post/morris-brown-college-its-plight-and-how-it-can-be-saved/2012/08/29/071e3cc4-f1dc-11e1-892d-bc92fee603a7_blog.html Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 08/29/2012 Morris Brown College: Its plight, and how it can be saved By Marybeth Gasman note: Some of her ideas include: ●What if the campus was converted into a charter school focused on African-American leadership and its students fed into black colleges, including those in its backyard, and majority white schools across the country? ●What if Morris Brown joined together with Georgia State University, which is nearby, and became a junior college of the institution? (Oxford College has this relationship with Emory University in the same city.) ●What if Morris Brown focused on the first two years of college — in effect becoming a community college — and set up transfer agreements with other colleges in Atlanta and the rest of Georgia? ●What if Morris Brown gave its campus to the other HBCUs in Atlanta so that they could expand and grow? ●What if Morris Brown took radio host and HBCUs supporter Tom Joyner up on his offer of a few years ago and let him buy the campus? ●What if the college chose a single major, such as social work or education or public health, and then became the best at delivering that specific type of education?


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