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Our First Year: Cascade UMC to Settle Morris Brown College Debt at 8 a.m. Service Sunday

Cascade UMC will present a check of $22,000 to Morris Brown College president Stanley Pritchett Sunday.

Editor's Note: Cascade Patch celebrates its first anniversary this month. This breaking news story—by Senior West End Correspondent Yolande Minor—was one of Cascade Patch's top news stories this year. For more top Cascade Patch posts, see the "Our First Year" page under the "News" tab at the top of Cascade Patch.

Cascade United Methodist Church will present $22,000 to Morris Brown College during its 8 a.m. service Sunday and, according to church leaders, fulfill the college's goal of paying off a $500,000 debt to the U.S. Department of Education.

The funds represent the exact amount needed to help the 130-year-old landmark institution reach its goal of eliminating its current federal government debt, according to a news release from church officials about the funding. 

Morris Brown College President Dr. Stanley Pritchett will attend the service to accept the donation.

According to Cascade UMC members, the effort began last month when Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Marvin A. Moss received a letter from Pritchett announcing the U.S. Department of Education's offer to settle the college’s multi-million dollar debt with an amount of $500,000.

On Sunday, July 3, Pastor Moss explained the fundraising effort during the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. In the weeks following, two special offerings were taken; and members continue to donate during services and online. 

According to the church, Dr. Pritchett has said that the college has now raised $480,000. 

With Cascade’s donation this morning, Morris Brown will have more than enough funding to pay the settlement, due Wed., Aug. 24th.

“We recognize the historical significance of Morris Brown College to our community and the world,” says Rev. Dr. Moss. “We are grateful that our Cascade members have answered the call during these tough economic times. We are called to be a light in the community so we are pleased to participate in this vital way.”

The donation will take place on “United Methodist Student Sunday,” and the church fundraiser falls in line with Cascade’s goal of supporting individuals pursuing higher education.  

Stay tuned to Cascade Patch for more on the Morris Brown College debt elimination deadline.

Glen McDaniel August 13, 2011 at 09:34 PM
Excellent new. Morris Brown is an Atlanta institution that was very poorly managed. It is not too late to recover and move forward under new ethical leadership. I am buoyed by the efforts of Cascade United Methodist. More churches should concentrate on supporting social causes and concentrating on the greater good. Too many are just hypercritical judgmental institutions that line the pockets of minister-business men. Congratulations, Morris Brown. Kudos Cascade United Methodist.
Leslye Joy Allen August 13, 2011 at 09:51 PM
This is great news; and Cascade United Methodist should be commended for its efforts. My mother, a 90-year-old alum of Morris Brown College, has been literally sick about the awful turn of events surrounding this institution for several years. Yet the next step should be putting in a real system of checks and balances to prevent this type of mismanagement from occurring again. However, this must start with the Black community en masse that tends--more often than not--to hand over too much authority to members of the clergy. We must remember that the proverbial "Good Shepherd" has a duty to the flock--not the other way around.
Delores "Dee" Turner August 14, 2011 at 01:06 AM
Terrific news!!
A. Francis August 14, 2011 at 12:11 PM
Cascade UMC has demonstrated true leadership in addressing a worthy cause in such a practical & unselfish manner. I implore other powerful churches in Atlanta & elsewhere, including the televangelists, to use Cascade UMC's example as a lead.
M Jackson August 14, 2011 at 12:26 PM
Whenever I talk to Morris Brown alumnae it is clear they love their school. Their experience there was heartfelt and many have returned to work and volunteer extensively. It is truly wonderful to know that I belong to a church dedicated to local causes. It's great to help people around the world but I really believe it's best to concentrate on getting your own house in order before exhausting your resources elsewhere. Rev. Moss should be commended for his vision and leadership. He says it every Sunday, "Join the church where the Bible principles are Taught AND Applied." Great news for Morris Brown!
Benjamin Zinnerman August 14, 2011 at 03:28 PM
I am a Benedict College Alum. However, I have tremendous respect for Morris Brown College. Support to this college should not stop here, because im sure theres so much more to be done. Congratulations MBC !!!!
Delores "Dee" Turner August 14, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Congratulations Janita on breaking this exciting story!! This is wonderful news. I am a Spelman graduate. I support my own school yearly. However I have also always been a supporter of Morris Brown College and the other schools in the AU community. Morris Brown will continue to need our support, but this is a tremendous step in the right direction. Hopefully the college will soon get it's accreditation back.
Carlton Banks August 14, 2011 at 10:34 PM
HBCU's are extremely important to African Americans and the Black economy. Loosing any of our colleges will be a major blow to our already fragile employment situation here in the US. Just look at what happen to employment of our Black teachers when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. From grade school to high school thousands of teachers were put out of work because of intregration and that segment of Black male teachers have never rebounded. HBCU's are one of the last places where African Americans can teach our children on a mass level.
Barbara J Linder August 15, 2011 at 03:07 AM
Kudos to Cascade United Methodist Church and all who helped to reach the debt reduction goal for August 2011. There is still much to be done to insure that Morris Brown College regains its rightful place among the HBCU's. We should not forget from whence we came. HBCU's have brought us a mighty long ways and have not fulfilled the need for their existence as some would have you believe. We have lost too many already. Let's not lose another!

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