Welcome to Morris Brown
The College is proud of its tradition of serving the educational needs of the best and brightest young minds, while simultaneously providing educational support to students who might not otherwise receive the opportunity to compete on the college level. Students fitting the latter are given the tools they need to increase their potential for earning a college degree.
The Division of student activities contributes significantly to student learning, development and recreation by assisting students in defining their education
Alumni are encouraged to support the institution’s goal of improving the success and retention of our students as well as all aspects of the institution.
The curriculum at Morris Brown College is organized under two divisions: lower and upper. Our goal is to ensure that every student gets the information they need. Click below for more information
Morris Brown News
The amount of purple in shirts, hats, jackets and, in a few cases, the hair, of the Morris Brown College alumni on campus for the annual October homecoming festivities could easily be mistaken for either a Prince tribute or a Minnesota Vikings game.
The mass of people mingling in Founders Plaza in the heart of the Atlanta-based campus left one with the feeling of being in a crowd at a sporting event or a religious revival. In some way, for so many, it was a little of both.
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Shirley Barlow remembers the moment that changed her life like it was yesterday.
A boy next door, a longtime neighbor and friend, introduced her to his cousin Chuck, and the rest has been a journey of love, achievement and loyalty. Chuck and Shirley have been married for more than 40 years and share precious memories of the college they attended together in Atlanta.
There have been many stories written about Morris Brown College that don’t tell the whole story of the college. They tell a lot about the fall but very little about the rise of Morris Brown. Reports from a number of publications and media including, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Fox 5 Atlanta, BuzzFeed and Slate have attempted to verbally and visually put an end to an institution that is forever embedded in the story that is the city of Atlanta and the Atlanta University Center.
Black self-determination was the foundation upon which Morris Brown College is founded. The African Methodist Episcopal Church was started in 1816 after discrimination within the Methodist church caused black ministers in Pennsylvania to start their own church. Morris Brown became the second bishop of the AME Church. Morris Brown College was established in 1881, 50 years after Brown’s death, “calling for the establishment in Atlanta of an institution for the moral, spiritual, and intellectual growth of Negro boys and girls.”
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Dr. Willie F. Payne went to be with the Lord on October 13, 2016.
A native son of Valdosta, Georgia and born on November 9, 1921 to the late Frank and Ruth Payne. Many called him “WF”, but his family nicknamed him “Dick”. At the age of three, he moved with his brother David Payne to Miami, Florida where he received his elementary and high school education in Coconut Grove. During his high school days at Booker T. Washington High School he excelled in football, basketball and track. A high achiever, he was president and Salutatorian of his senior class.
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MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY
We would like to express our deepest gratitude for the many condolences we have received in appreciation of our beloved, Dosh R. Jackson, Sr. During the 105 beautiful, long years of his extraordinary life, he blessed and touched so many lives! While our public farewell is scheduled for this Saturday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, we want to share our heartfelt regret that we are unable to accommodate all who wish to attend. We hope you will continue to celebrate his life, as he will live on in the hearts of every person he touched.
We know our beloved will live on in you, forever.
Here is the Morris Brown College Quadrennial Report to the 50th General Conference of the A.M.E. Church. You can download it by clicking here.
Please note you will need adobe acrobat to view it and the size of the files is 132mb.
May 14, 2016
“Come Celebrate Your Class Reunion”
Class of 1926
Class of 1956
Class of 1986
Class of 1931
Class of 1961
Class of 1991
Class of 1936
Class of 1966
Class of 1996
Class of 1941
Class of 1971
Class of 2001
Class of 1946
Class of 1976
Class of 2006
Class of 1951
Class of 1981
Class of 2011
All Alumni are encouraged to attend all activities
Special seating for all celebrating Reunion Classes at Commencement
Please send your Class Reunion Gifts Today!
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It may come as a surprise to many and news to some despite having an enrollment of less than 75 students, the historic Morris Brown College is not closed. The college which has seen its share of difficulties last week celebrated its 135th Founder’s Day.
Although, it is a shadow of its former self when it had the largest student population amongst the Atlanta University Center colleges, the school that has been on life-support probably more than any institution of higher learning in Georgia plans to be around for another 100 years. [ View More ]
On a late evening this past summer and without warning, one of the oldest buildings in Atlanta caught fire. Gaines Hall — a former dormitory on the campus of Morris Brown College — had been shuttered for years, closed when the school fell on hard times. After firefighters extinguished the two-alarm blaze, what was essentially left of the building was a charred red brick shell. The journey of Gaines Hall from dorm to fire hazard is one that spanned centuries and mirrors that of Morris Brown, the historically black college that owned it for decades. [ View More ]
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.
Inside the historic building where students once attended classes and chapel services, the rooms are now littered with peeling paint, shattered windows and and even a decaying squirrel. What hasn’t been vandalized has deteriorated in the dozen years since the building was functional. Still, Pritchett is optimistic. [ View More ]
Morris Brown College, a private, coeducational liberal arts college engaged in teaching and public service, in collaboration with STAND, Inc. (Standing to Achieve New Direction) has received a $900,000 dollar three year grant to prevent and reduce substance abuse and transmission of HIV/STD’s and hepatitis C among African American young adults and LGBT ages 18-24. The program specifically targets youth enrolled in colleges in the DeKalb County area and surrounding communities.
“It is part of the Morris Brown College legacy to reach out and help persons in our community that are most at risk”, said Dr. Stanley Pritchett, president. “The Cache Plus Project is an opportunity for us to continue to collaborate with community based leaders and advocates to help curb an epidemic that negatively impacts our youth by providing prevention education and access to supportive services.” [ View More ]
Dear Morris Brown College Alumni and Friends:
Because you helped us move forward when things were most bleak, Morris Brown College is still serving as a nurturing ground for students with diverse backgrounds, large numbers of whom returned to their hometowns as teachers, ministers, doctors, attorneys, and other professionals, adding vitality to their communities. Recent graduates have gone on to pursue higher degrees at such institutions as Emory University, Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, and New York University, as well as other institutions.
As a supporter of Morris Brown College, you, our alumni and friends, are aware of the legacy we have built. You have a better idea of what is at stake and know the critical juncture where we currently stand. We thank you for your continued support, prayers and much needed financial sacrifices; but the journey is not over. While we received $14 million from the sale of property during bankruptcy, those funds were disbursed to help eliminate over $30 million of indebtedness. [ View More ]
The Withdrawal Process: To Drop a Course or Withdraw from the institution, you must circulate an “official withdrawal form” and return the form signed with appropriate signatures to the Registrar.
Any student failing to adhere to the Withdrawal Process as described herein will be charged full Tuition and Fees for the entire semester.
Just as Morris Brown is in the midst of rebranding itself, we are recreating and expanding our website to reflect the resurgence of this great institution. I am very proud of our new look and new feel! You will find a more informative, user-friendly site which includes new links to our online portal, videos, and press conferences, as well as more social networking enhancements. While some aspects of the new site are still under construction, I encourage you to explore what is here now, then stay tuned for what is forthcoming.
Again, welcome! Visit us often so that you can stay abreast of what is happening here at the NEW and IMPROVED Morris Brown College!
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As Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Morris Brown College, it is with great joy and thankfulness to Almighty God that I announce to you that Morris Brown College is officially emerging from bankruptcy. Morris Brown College’s Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization has been approved by the Bankruptcy Court. This action, approved at a Confirmation hearing on Wednesday, March 25th and confirmed by a signed Order of Judge Barbara Ellis-Monro , will allow the college to exit bankruptcy and move forward to regain its accreditation.
News & Announcements
Morris Brown Donations
For Morris Brown College to become sustainable, it depends on the generous donations provided by supporters like you. For Morris Brown College to regain its historic place as a thriving, fully accredited institution of higher learning, the College depends on the kindness and generosity of people like you to support students with financial aid and scholarships.
We’ve put the power of the Internet into an easy-to-use donation click and pledge tool that will allow Morris Brown to accept donations. This allows Morris Brown to offer all of the features and items needed to help the college.
Alumni are encouraged to support the institution’s goal of improving the success and retention of our students as well as all aspects of the institution by maintaining and increasing financial support and involvement with the College. The Office of Alumni Affairs will promote, enhance, and develop support for Morris Brown College by strengthening the relationship between the institution, its alumni, graduates and other constituencies
Without Regard To Sex, Race Or Color
Morris Brown College is on the road to accreditation. We are confident that we will complete this journey with your help. The College expects to attain this goal in approximately 12 months.
Morris Brown College will carve out a new narrative as we continue our long, great and illustrious history into the future. It is important that we remember our history. It is important that we remember our struggle.
Colleges & Departments
The Lower Division: The General Education Curriculum
The lower division embraces all work of the first two years that is designed to acquaint the student with those fields of human interest that influence present-day living. The lower division courses are a part of the General Education Program and together are referred to as the Core Curriculum. The lower division courses are designed:
- To prepare student for active participation in society as citizens.
- To furnish students with the background necessary for advanced study in selected subject matter areas of technical and professional specialization in accordance with their interest and aptitudes.
The Upper Division: The Major Programs of Study
The upper division courses are those that pertain to the student’s major program of study, including courses in the major and courses related to or supporting the major. The upper division courses allow students:
- To concentrate in selected fields of study important in the pre-service preparation of technical training and professions.
- To develop a knowledge base and skills required in certain professional fields.
Academic Programs: Majors and Concentrations
At Morris Brown College, a “major” is defined as a course of study in a knowledge field offered by an academic department and in which the student engages in advanced work in that field during the Junior and Senior years. A major requires a minimum of 66 semester credit hours earned in a single department or in closely related departments. No credit will be granted in major courses for grades below “C”.
Major Fields of study require “areas of concentration”. An area of concentration is a specialization area within a major.
Declaration of Major
Each student should make formal application to a major program of study at the end of the student’s second semester, but no later than the fourth semester of matriculation. A “Declaration of Major” or “Change of Major” form must be filed with the Office of the Registrar and the appropriate academic department. Each academic department reserves the right to approve or decline the student’s application to major in that department based on the department’s program entry criteria.
List of Majors
Morris Brown College awards Baccalaureate degree – Bachelor of Science (B.S.) – in the following majors:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
- Business Administration
- Organizational Management and Leadership
Academic Department, Majors and Concentrations
Department: Business Administration
- 1. Major Business Administration
- 2. Business Law
- 3. Community Program Management
- 4. Hospitality Management
- 5. Music Industry Administration
- 6. Small Business Management
- 7. Sports Management
Major Organizational Management and Leadership
- 1. Business Law
- 2. Childcare Management
- 3. Ethical Leadership
- 4. Executive Leadership
- 5. Professional Development
- 6. Religious Administration