Morris Brown College was founded on Christian principles in 1881 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church and is chartered by the State of Georgia as a private, coeducational, liberal arts college engaged in teaching, research, and public service in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences and professional programs.
The mission of Morris Brown College is to provide educational opportunities in a positive and nurturing environment that will enable its students to become fully functional persons in our global society. The College prepares graduates to live meaningful and rewarding lives, thereby enabling them to make socially constructive and culturally relevant contributions to society.
Morris Brown College, in its commitment to academic excellence, provides experiences that foster and enhance intellectual, personal, and interpersonal development for students who have demonstrated the potential to compete in a challenging undergraduate liberal arts program of study.
Because the most universal criterion by which Morris Brown College and any other institution may be measured is the achievement of its alumni, the College seeks to provide its students with the following:
- An environment that will foster the development of wholesome attitudes and a full appreciation for the cultural heritage of the human race epitomized in the major intellectual and/or cultural disciplines;
- Knowledge that represents a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of the intellectual and cultural disciplines embodied in the Liberal Arts tradition of the General Education Program;
- Experiences that will promote an awareness and sensitivity to the societal structures and processes which persistently provoke the climate and substance of social change;
- An understanding and respect for the ethical, moral, and spiritual values of the Christian faith;
- A set of skills that will equip students to negotiate effectively in the cultural, economic, global, political, and social environments;
- Preparation in the scholarly tradition that will support graduate and professional studies;
- Training that prepares students for active participation as intellectually competent, proficient individuals in a scientific and technologically advanced society;
- Opportunities to contribute to research, artistic and other intellectual endeavors; and
- Opportunities for public service and experiential training to enrich the lives of citizens in local, state, national and international communities.
The institution was named Morris Brown College in honor of Bishop Morris Brown, the second consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. This name is consistent with the many other liberal arts colleges that are named after individuals.
Sewell, G. & Troup, C. (1981). Morris Brown College: The first hundred years, 1881, p.19.
The college website indicates naming of the college and its founding as a child of the church, which not only determined the institution’s philosophical thrust, but also created a system of support which functioned to channel its early energies toward developing programs to serve the needs of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.