After nearly 20 years, it was recently announced that the historic HBCU Morris Brown College is a candidate for receiving accreditation. This means that if approved, students will be able to receive financial aid again from the school and federal loans from the government. On top of that, students will have their degrees recognized by employers and other schools.
The school lost accreditation back in December of 2002 due to heavy debt and mismanagement of funds causing the school to file for bankruptcy and sell most of its property in Atlanta. The school that once had 2,000 students lost them quite quickly. Despite this, the school never really closed its doors officially.
According to the school’s website, Morris Brown College officially received candidacy for accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and School (TRACS) which is a Virginia based accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Atlanta HBCU will go down in history as the first of it’s kind to earn an accreditation back after losing it. This is a beautiful thing as the college can allow it’s 140 year legacy to continue to live on and produce bright young Black individuals.
According to the university’s president Dr. Kevin James there are big hopes and dreams for the future of the university. “The institution now has national visibility and resurgence,” James said. “I am also excited about the revitalization of the institution’s academic programs and student services, including new programs such as Esports Performance, Global Management and Applied Leadership, and Hospitality Management. Morris Brown can now compete again, and great things are in store for MBC.”
Morris Brown College showed that anything is possible if you put forth hard work and never give up. HBCU’s are important to the Black community to our culture and our identity. We must continue to push for them to receive funding and to be recognized.
By Monique Petty-Ashmeade, Sophomore, DePaul University