Coming Monday: Morris Brown is 130 Years Old but Projected Enrollment Down to 100
College and private high school were center of education for pre-integration Atlanta and state; institution now fighting dramatic decline in enrollment
Morris Brown College, 643 Martin Luther King Dr., turned 130 years old this week.
The college was founded on Jan. 5, 1881, by former slaves affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. It was named for the Rev. Morris Brown of Charleston, S.C., an AME leader and pastor [see portrait and caption under full image].
Morris Brown has a vibrant history and it was one of the only college options during segregation for the legions of lower-income, rural African-American students who came to Atlanta with the goal of becoming a teacher. Many returned to their hometowns across Georgia and in other states to teach school and serve as community leaders.
Since the late 1990s, Morris Brown has struggled with a dramatic decline in enrollment that alumni, faculty and community leaders have fought to reverse.
The challenge is continuing. On Sunday, students will head to the campus for Spring 2011 orientation. College administrators estimate the enrollment at 100, including online students.
We will cover the orientation and report the news Monday and provide readers with a comprehensive photo gallery--featuring photos from alumni's memory books, the college's archives and current students' social media web pages.
If you have a few special pictures to share, please send jpeg copies to email@example.com or, if you subscribe to our free daily or weekly news digest, post as many pictures as you like on the story site. To join the alumni association or give to the college, visit the site of The Morris Brown College National Alumni Association.