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BENEFITING: MORRIS BROWN COLLEGE

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THE STORY:

Help Morris Brown College survive & thrive. Morris Brown College is a private, coed, liberal arts college located in the Vine City community of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It is a historically black college affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. If historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are an endangered species, Morris Brown College could be closest to extinction. Most buildings on this silent campus are boarded up and abandoned. Before the school lost accreditation in 2003, a few thousand students were enrolled at Morris Brown. Almost overnight, most fled out of fear their degree would carry no weight. Today, there are just 35 students. Morris Brown College needs $30 million to get out of debt. We as a people have the capacity to save Morris Brown College. Let's do it...let's bring our efforts together to lift this HSBU and its present and future students. Please donate a minimum of $3 to lend your voice to this cause.

History: The Morris Brown Colored College (its original name) was founded by African Americans affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, which had expanded in Georgia following the American Civil War. The North Georgia Annual Conference of the AME Church on January 5, 1881, passed a resolution to establish an educational institution in Atlanta for the moral, spiritual, and intellectual growth of Negro boys and girls. The school formally opened its doors on October 15, 1885, with 107 students and nine teachers. Morris Brown was the first educational institution in Georgia under sole African-American patronage.[6] For more than a century, the college enrolled many students from poor backgrounds, large numbers of whom returned to their hometowns as teachers. Fountain Hall, originally known as Stone Hall when occupied by Atlanta University, was completed in 1882. It is closely associated with the history of the college and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. After Atlanta University consolidated its facilities, it leased the building to Morris Brown College, which renamed it Fountain Hall.

Morris Brown has to survive.

If the school closes its doors, even for a short time, its land could go to nearby Clark-Atlanta University. That’s the school that originally donated the land.

“We are upholding a great tradition of former slaves, of people in the early 1900s [who] struggled to make sure this institution will remain open,” says Stanley Pritchett, Morris Brown’s president.

Pritchett says Morris Brown survives because its entire history is one of hardship and triumph. He says the college has always been resourceful.

“A church member down in South Georgia told me they used to have a campaign called ‘Dollar Money.’ Everybody who came to the meeting brought a dollar for Morris Brown.”

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Allison Lamb

Allison Lamb

4 years ago

Stanley O. King

Stanley O. King

4 years ago

Jackie Blackman

Jackie Blackman

4 years ago

Debra R. Lamb, Ed.D.

Debra R. Lamb, Ed.D.

4 years ago