Morris Brown News 3-20-09


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Morris Brown College
“Stay Around to Fight for another Day”

Sunday of Hope — March 29 – 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. “We still have miles to go . . . we cannot sleep,” said Bishop William DeVeaux, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “The 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 – and is – our priority before we can move forward and work toward a renewal of our founding mission.”

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. Through the Center’s Interactive Marketing Institute, students receive real-world experience in direct and interactive marketing, and gain valuable knowledge and skills including Email Marketing, Direct Marketing, Mobile Phone Marketing, Lead Generation, Co-registration, Banner Advertising, SEO, PPC, and contact center management. The Interactive Marketing Institute serves as a work-aid program that assists a limited number of students with on-campus employment.

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 “Yes We Care” campaign, continues his efforts to inspire church leaders to participate and to join in making a commitment to the legacy of Morris Brown. “We 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, President of Morris Brown College.

Dr. Sonny Walker, Vice Chairman of the Morris Brown Board of Trustees and Chair of the special committee addressing the emergency financial needs of the institution says, “Morris Brown College is an Atlanta landmark like the Phoenix Bird, the Atlanta symbol that continues to rise from defeat over and over again. Surely, Morris Brown will become an even better institution than it has been. The need for large donations is even more critical now than ever before – especially from the Atlanta philanthropic community,” continued Dr. Walker.

“We have said at every opportunity that Morris Brown College just needs a fighting chance. – we have managed to stay around to fight for another day,” said Dr. Pritchett. “We just might be at that place now where we can focus on the new mission and the new plans for the growth of the institution. Our deliberations with financial investors are beginning to meet with some favor and we are in a position to eliminate some of our debt. We trust that the weekly financial emergencies will cease,” Dr. Pritchett added.

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 “Morris Brown Recovery Fund,” 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.

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