Dr. Stanley Pritchett
Office of the President
643 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4140
Telephone (404) 739.1010
Fax (404) 739.1018
MORRIS BROWN COLLEGE
Message from the President
This message is part of our continuing effort to keep you informed about the challenges and opportunities facing Morris Brown College (MBC). First, let me thank all of you for your many efforts in support of MBC. We currently face a major obstacle and need your immediate support.
This past Monday, the Mayorâ€™s Office disconnected the water service for MBC, because of past due bills. The City refuses to discuss the actual amount which is due. The water issue was on the news where it was reported that Morris Brown owes $100,000. In a good faith effort to resolve the bill, the college made a payment of $20,000 towards an earlier agreement where we missed the November (2008) payment. However, since receiving the recent payment of $20,200, the Mayorâ€™s Office has refused to reconnect services, and is now stating that we owe and must pay $380,000.
Of course, most of the bill is aged between 3 â€“ 5 years, and the bill is included in the collegeâ€™s recovery plan that is well underway. We have developed a new and comprehensive business plan prepared with the assistance of Howard University Business School. We are working with the CEO of a local bank to restructure the outstanding debt of the College. Both are part of the Collegeâ€™s Recovery Plan to enable MBC to apply for accreditation.
Today (Friday, December 19, 2008), I was interviewed by Channel 11 (NBC) News. The interview should air on the six oâ€™clock news. There were 240 students enrolled at MBC this fall. Presently, those students are on holiday break and are due to return on January 12, 2009. Unless the water services are restored, MBC cannot reopen. Again, we are asking for your prayers and for your financial support.
This is actually an example of how Twitter can help journalists find news. On Friday, I was checking Twitter and noticed one of the individuals I follow posted a quick blurb about an accident at Atlanta’s Botanical Gardens.
I immediately called my associate Mario Page. After we confirmed the incident, he called Associated Press Television News in Washington D.C. Moments later, he told me to get ready to roll.
For weeks rumors have been swirling that VOOM HDNews (owned by Cablevision) might not have much of a future.
I won’t get into all of the specifics. I’m sure all of the trade publications will fill in those blanks, but the fears have been confirmed. Friday, HDNews, which was the first 24-hour High Definition network in the country will sign off.
It was a great experience. In the year and a half that I freelanced for the network, I got to travel across the southeast, covering stories like the Jena Six rally in Louisiana, and the tornados that ripped through Union University in Tennessee.
This past summer, I stayed on the road for about a month and half covering storms, and hurricanes in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and South Carolina. It was grueling at times, but I’m a news junkie, and loved every minute of it.
This has been the best news job in my 10 year broadcasting career. The soon to be former GM Will Wright is (was?) a great visionary, and one of the coolest managers I’ve met. Unlike most news outlets HDNews didn’t cover a lot of crime and grime. The focus was always visually compelling stories with great sound.
Without HDNews, I wouldn’t have met Mario “SupeShooter” Page, who always had (and still has) my back, and was always looking for a story to turn. Now that I think about it, everyone at the company was “good people.”
This is the second TV operation that I’ve witnessed go under in two years. Yes, I’m sad to see yet another operation shut down, but it’s the sign of the times.
In this economy there will certainly be more casualties. This one happens to hit close to home.
Here’s one of my last HDNews My Urban Report adventures.
Looks like Soulja Boy is trying to clean up his image. Atlanta entertainment blogger Gyant has the inside scoop, and the AP even produced a public service announcement about the popular hip-pop artist.
I want to thank all of the publishers and authors who thought to send MyUrbanReport preview books to consider.
Each one is interesting and could make a great holiday gift.
(In no particular order)
1. T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. – by Sanyika Shakur. The author of the popular gang memoir “Monster” tells the fictional tale of gang life in L.A., and the struggle of one gang member to distance himself from his violent past. Shakur wrote this novel from his prison cell. Grove Press.
2. Leave White Folks Alone! – by Donnie A. Hyder, Sr. Hyder keeps it real in this empowering book that shares his insights on wealth and empowerment in the Black community. Hyder explains why living in America is more expensive for Black folks, and shares his personal insights on how the community can build itself up. Wyndham House Publishers.