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The College Hour is doing something different. We are not going to put HBCU's by states, region or in alphabetical order. We are hoping that you stretch your minds and look at a lot these institutions because they all have a lot to offer in different areas. Choosing an institution because you live in that state or is close to home is not for growth and spreading your people base (network). When you go to a state school, the majority of these people come from the that state or even from your same school district. When you leave the state or region you are in different pool of people and learn different things and meet people from different parts of the country and even different parts of the world. Public versus a Private Institution is another consideration. Public or State Schools (financed by the state) are much cheaper than Private Schools. Even the out of state tuition at Public Schools are cheaper than most Private Schools. Private schools have their benefits too. These institutions have a very close connections to their students. These institution have a strong alumni base. They have close ties to other universities for graduate and professional schools once your student graduates from one of these institutions. These institutions also have close ties to corporations and foundations for employment and for raising capital for their endowment and working capital. Private institutions also have different pool of people than state schools. They each have their advantages. No matter what you decide, we are telling you, go to college.

But, if you decide to go to college, go to a HBCU!!!!!


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Morris Brown College

Morris Brown idea was conceived at the Northern Georgia Annual Conference on June 5, 1981 at Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Reverend Wiley John Gaines introduced a resolution calling for an establishment of an instruction for the moral, spiritual and intellectual growth of Negro boys and girls. The Conference supported the idea and plans were laid for the College.

In May of 1885, the State of Georgia awarded a charted to Morris Brown College of the AME church. On October 15, 1881, the school started with 107 students and 9 teachers. Annie B Thompson served as the first principle and Laurene Chandler became it first graduate. The class of 1898 became the first class to complete the four year curriculum. Morris Brown with Clark College, Spelman College and Morehouse College made it one of the most dominant educational area for African Americans. In 1928 the four came together and joined Atlanta University to form the The Atlanta University Center. Atlanta University handled the graduate students while the four colleges handled the the undergraduates.

By the 1950's Morris Brown College was a renown force of intellectuals. It's students were performing at high levels. Edwina Woodard Hill was Morris Brown's first Rhode Scholar. Rev. Hosea Williams an alumnus led the Atlanta Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Morris Brown was very active in the Civil Rights Movement.

When integration took place many of our HBCU suffered from Black flight. African Americans forgetting their own schools now going to Predominantly White Institutions (PWI). Morris Brown is one of the institution suffering from Black Flight. Morris Brown has had financial trouble since the 1990's before the Delores Cross and Parvesh Singh financial scandal. Morris Brown lost it's accreditation in December of 2002 but it still fighting to survive.

This is an institution that we should not loose regardless of the debt that it is in. History and Academia is the bedrock of this institution. But closure is knocking on it doors everyday. If you can help save this institution and assist getting it on the right track of financial stability hit the link below.


Morris Brown Website

Morris Brown College
643 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr
Atlanta, GA 30314


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