South Georgians react to college's possible closing - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

South Georgians react to college's possible closing

December 12, 2002

In a week of final exams for students at Morris Brown College, some parents feel the school might have failed a test that will spell it's end, losing accredidation and with it federal financial aid for it's students.

"Want him to be aware that if he continues to go school there and they lost their accredidation it will be pretty much worthless and college isn't cheap," Deborah Jones, parent of a Morris Brown student said.

But for now Jones is somewhat reluctantly supporting her son's desire to stay, partly because of the family's affiliation with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Hundreds of miles away, but not forgotten the Albany alumni chapter of Morris Brown, meets here at the Bethel A.M.E. Church, showing strength not only in numbers but it's support.

"We in South Georgia are committed to institutions of higher learning for the A.M.E. church," Reverend Ernest Morris said. 

Morris Brown was founded in 1885 by the church, making it Georgia's only college started by blacks. Bethel's congregation is praying for the school's future and has made a $2,000 contribution, only problem the school is still $23 million  in debt.

Those problems started even before Dougherty graduate Rodravius Washington was a student there. The school since has replaced it's President and Financial aid director, but still lost it's accredidation.

"I think they could have given a little more time." South Georgians predictions now ranging from the optomisitic, "I believe Morris Brown will rise above it," Rev. Morris said, to the more bleak, "sad that African-American school is closing down," Washington said.

If history is any indicator unfortunately the second might be more accurate, the only other two schools to lose their accredidation in the past 5 years both shut down just a few months later. 

Members of the Albany, Thomasville, and Valdosta alumni chapters will meet at Thomasville's Plaza Restaurant Saturday at noon to figure out how they can help Morris Brown survive.

posted at 6:00 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Making Marines: A full day at Parris Island

    Making Marines: A full day at Parris Island

    Thursday, March 30 2017 7:57 AM EDT2017-03-30 11:57:58 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    WALB's Re-Essa Buckels got her first full day of Marine Recruit Depot bootcamp at Parris Island, South Carolina. Buckels was invited to attend Marine Corps Educator's Workshop to study how Marines are made. A Marine says "You have just taken the first step at becoming a member of the world's finest fighting force." Sixty educators, some from Jacksonville, some from Baton Rouge lined up on the legendary yellow footprints; the first place all recruits stop, be...

    More >>

    WALB's Re-Essa Buckels got her first full day of Marine Recruit Depot bootcamp at Parris Island, South Carolina to study how Marines are made. Sixty educators, some from Jacksonville, some from Baton Rouge, lined up on the legendary yellow footprints; the first place all recruits stop.

    More >>
  • Aspire focuses on emotional impact left by January storms

    Aspire focuses on emotional impact left by January storms

    Thursday, March 30 2017 6:57 AM EDT2017-03-30 10:57:16 GMT
    Aspire wants South Georgians to know that they are here to offer assistance (Source:WALB)Aspire wants South Georgians to know that they are here to offer assistance (Source:WALB)

    Aspire Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability provided an on-site clinic inside the American Red Cross Shelter located inside the Albany Civic Center to help those experiencing mental health issues. The group wants residents know that they're still available to help those in need.

    More >>

    Aspire Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability provided an on-site clinic inside the American Red Cross Shelter located inside the Albany Civic Center to help those experiencing mental health issues. The group wants residents know that they're still available to help those in need.

    More >>
  • Rainfall Gauge

    Rainfall Gauge

    Today: 0.00'": Monthly Total 1.21"; Normal for the Month 5.22"; Yearly Total 13.03"; -/+ Year to Date -2.52".

    More >>

    Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 1.21"; Normal for the Month 5.22"; Yearly Total 13.03"; -/+ Year to Date -2.52".

    More >>
Powered by Frankly