Though Morris Brown College is far from out of the financial woods, the institution cleared a major hurdle when a huge water bill due to the city of Atlanta was recently paid off.
The college still needs major help though. Here’s an e-release forwarded to My Urban Report:
Sunday of Hope — March 29 â€“ A Day of Recognition for Morris Brown in Georgia Churches
Atlanta, GA (March 20, 2009). Water runs freely at Morris Brown College; the final water bill has been paid. â€œWe still have miles to go . . . we cannot sleep,â€ said Bishop William DeVeaux, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. â€œThe Trustees have been meeting around the clock to find the best solutions that work for the financial stability of our college. We are at the threshold of a new Morris Brown, with a global approach to education; and this financial challenge was â€“ and is â€“ our priority before we can move forward and work toward a renewal of our founding mission.â€
On Thursday afternoon (March 19, 2009), Morris Brown College paid the final $64,887.32 of its long standing $380,000 indebtedness with the Atlanta Watershed Department that threatened to shut of the water on the 34 acre campus. The college remains financially challenged and must meet its monthly obligations. Financial stability is the one obstacle that stands between Morris Brown and reaccreditation.
Also, on March 19th, Morris Brown celebrated the 128th Founders Day at Big Bethel AME Church. During the Founders Day observance, $41,000 was raised from alumni, board members, and supporters who gathered at Big Bethel, the original site of the founding of Morris Brown. Reverend Daryl Kearney, Pastor of 3rd Street- Bethel AME Church in Richmond, VA was the guest speaker. Reverend Kearney offered to hold a walk-a-thon to raise funds for Morris Brown when he returns to Richmond. The National Alumni Association, under the leadership of George Hopkins, National Alumni President, also held its annual meeting during the Founders Day activities.
The SUNDAY of HOPE, which is being planned on March 29th for Morris Brown College, will take place in the churches, synagogues, and mosques throughout Georgia appealing for prayers and contributions. The Reverend Dr. C. T. Vivian, who initiated the â€œYes We Careâ€ campaign, continues his efforts to inspire church leaders to participate and to join in making a commitment to the legacy of Morris Brown. â€œWe are taking our story to church leaders requesting that they send out a call to their congregations asking personsl who believe in social responsibility and stewardship to give, in support of students who seek and deserve the nurturing environment at Morris Brown, said Dr. Stanley Pritchett, Acting President of Morris Brown College.
How to contribute to Morris Brown:
Donations will be received at Morris Brown College; in addition, donations may be made to Morris Brown by sending a check, payable to the â€œMorris Brown Recovery Fund,â€ to Capitol City Bank, 562 Lee Street, SW; Atlanta, GA 30310, or by visiting any Capitol City Bank Branch located at 2358 Cascade Road, SW Atlanta; 5674 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain; or at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Suite S-4. Donations can also be made on line at www.morrisbrown.edu.
Morris Brown was one of my first production clients when I relocated to Atlanta, and I hope they’re able to succeed.
Morris Brown College Urgent Campaign
Produced/Written/Directed by Amani Channel
Edited by John Wheatley
Narrator Charlie Channel
Director of Photography Ngiao Killingsworth
Videography Amani Channel