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Video: Morris Brown College Announces Bankruptcy to Avoid Pending Foreclosure

Morris Brown faculty and alumni say the school is here to stay.

Following last week's news that , the school decided to hold a prayer vigil and community event of sorts on Saturday to respond publicly to the notice and to hold fellowship with its supporters.

All day Saturday afternoon, hundreds of supporters, alumni, administrators and faculty members gathered on the campus of Morris Brown College for what they called, "A Day of Prayer."  The keynote speaker was Rev. Preston Warren Williams II who became the Chairman of the Board of Trustees just a few short months ago.

Mr. Williams brought attention to 3 immediate actions that the board will put into place to fight the most recent struggles.

  1. File Bankruptcy - This will stop the foreclosure proceedings and give the school time to pay-off its debts.
  2. Restructure - To signal to everyone across the world, that the school is serious about meeting its challenges.
  3. Form Committees - The committees will focus on key areas and be filled by leaders in their respective professions. This will be transparent and unbiased.

The event was less a press conference and more of a rally for its supporters.  Over 200 hundred people braved the skyrocketing temperatures within the Morris Brown gym which had no air condition.  Supporters who were students over 50 years ago, and recent students clapped and sang together during the proceedings.

Probably the biggest applause was when Caesar Mitchell, President of the Atlanta City Council, spoke and told the audience that they were not here to hear a eulogy.  "Morris Brown College is not dead."

If the plan unfolds as intended, the college foresees being able to have a little time to raise the proper funds to pay all of its debtors, and to then focus on rebuilding itself as top institution for education so it can continue for another 130 years.

If you are intersted in helping Morris Brown College during these times, they have started a Recovery Fund to accept donations.  You can access it via their website or you can choose to send a check to them.  All the information is located at www.morrisbrown.edu.

Marc Richardson (Editor) August 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Mo Brown says they will live to fight another day, and this is not the end.
Antonio August 26, 2012 at 01:32 AM
with all due respect, let's STOP calling Morris Brown College, Mo Brown. When I was attending Morris Brown College, it bugged me then and it still bugs me. Our institution was named after a FREED man and I just think we should show him respect. Our college is the ONLY school in the AUC that was founded by African-American for African-Americans
Sonja Parrish August 26, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Dear Ole' Morris Brown changed my life
Antonio August 26, 2012 at 01:59 AM
not only yours, BUT many of ours!!! I still remember what brought me to Morris Brown College. I had sent my information to Clark College for admission and they lost most of it. I was so determined to go to school that I walked straight up Beckwith Street to a "family" that welcomed me with open arms. I will forever hold a special place in my heart for Morris Brown College.
erik August 26, 2012 at 02:51 AM
I tried to help even after the school closed down and put a huge obstacle with me finishing my education. I tried to help even when I found out that over 80,000 dollars in loans were taken out by ye college without my knowledge. I came back to try and help. What I found is that the same b.s. That was going on then is going on now. the so until I see a true TREND of change only then I will lend my support again and that's being honest.
erik August 26, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Sorry for the punctuation and spelling im on this phone
John E. Duncan Ph.D. August 27, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I am not a graduate of Morris Brown College but as a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., I think that it is a travesty that one of our HBCU's have found itself in this situation. No one wins in a situation of this nature. Our HBCU's need us as they provide an avenue for so many people of color to become educated in an environment committed to our academic and social success. I sincerely hope that this is a turning point for Morris Brown College. In restructuring, rebuilding and rebranding this institution, the levels of accountability must be evident to all stakeholders involved and they must be willing to devise, adhere to, and follow an honest, transparent and realistic strategic plan. I wish Morris Brown much success as they move onward. Regards, John E. Duncan Ph.D.
Christine Wiggs August 30, 2012 at 08:25 AM
I am the first member of my immediate family to go to college (and graduate)and I chose Morris Brown College after being accepted to Fisk University and Florida State..MBC as it is affectionately called, had an impact on my life and I enjoyed my collegiate experiences there. Because of Morris Brown College's affordable tuition, students are able to obtain a degree and compete w/ others when they apply themselves. As a 1980 graduate, I went on to teach in the 4th largest city in America - PHILA Public School System before going on to become a Police Officer-(24yrs now) where I hold the rank of Sgt. I am upon retirement and if I have to re-locate to be involved in the restructure and upkeep of MBC, I will. I am wondering where all of those alumni that went on to "really" make it ARE?? We have had professional Football players, Musicians,Members of Legislative Branches etc to walk the hallways of MBC. We have even had a famous "rap star's mother" teach at MBC, but because of this "mess", not many will stick their necks out for a school that certainly helped them! I am calling YOU all OUT! Please GIVE BACK! For the Alumni Chapters that have folded...re-start your chapters! We've got to petition everyone that will listen to us to keep our school afloat! She wasn't built in a day...and we certainly won't let her be taken in a day! So instead of negativity...show some support. Send a tax deductible donation to the Rebuilding of Morris Brown College! We Must Save Our School.
Robert Evans April 23, 2013 at 05:13 PM
The time is now ! Now is the time to come together and rebuild the walls that once stood for " Hope and Oppertunity " . Many lives have been changed ant there are many more that can be changed . " Q.B."

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