Tuesday, October 27, 2015

While celebrating one HBCU...


We look at hopefully the return from bankruptcy of another HBCU which is also located in Atlanta, in close vicinity of Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, and Morehouse College. We again look at Morris Brown College:
Morris Brown is a shell of its former self. The Atlanta campus made famous in such films as “Stomp the Yard” and “Drumline” sits almost vacant. The historically black college owns just three remaining buildings, the rest sold off to pay its debts and claw its way out of bankruptcy.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution talked with Morris Brown president Stanley Pritchett this week about his hopes for the college’s future. He also led a short tour of the school’s remaining properties and took us inside the historic Fountain Hall educational building, constructed in 1882.
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For Pritchett, an alumnus of neighboring HBCU Clark Atlanta, taking the helm of Morris Brown was a worthy challenge, but also an opportunity to honor his late brother, a proud Morris Brown alumnus who died in 2000.

The school, which at its height enrolled between 2,800 and 3,000 students, now enrolls 40, with classes taking place in the the only building still in use, alongside office workers in the school’s administration building. To restore the administration building, with its missing ceiling panels and aging insides, Pritchett is working to raise $2 million over the next 12 months. Regaining the school’s accreditation is next on the list, followed by attracting more students and boosting program offerings, including its once popular hospitality program.
Check out this AJC [VIDEO] with President Pritchett and his future plans for Morris Brown College
 

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