Meeting Every Fourth Friday. The time is now for you to get involved in this grand project. The Friends of Fountain Hall is a beginning.
Greetings, Friends Of Fountain (Stone) Hall,
It has begun. Our First “fourth Friday Fellowship” for Fountain Hall. So, what is this? Having received a $575,000 grant (In July) to preserve this historical building, we are now creating involvement for the project by Morris Brown College and the West End Neighborhoods.This first meeting was held October 25th (with over 40 in attendance) at West Mitchell St. Rev. Dr. Skip Mason, MBC ’80, and the Church’s Pastor, is excited to Partner with us and host our event and meetings. Please share this information with family, friends and colleagues. See you there.
We are looking forward to seeing ALL of you at our FOFH Planning meeting at West Mitchell CME Church, TONIGHT, at 7:00pm (and every fourth Friday,thereafter) in their Fellowship Hall. Dr. Candy Tate who wrote the original grant, will convene our meeting. (*Located across the street from the former MBC Gymnasium, on the Corner. Park behind the church where the other cars are. Ring the Bell to get in if arriving after 7:00pm) We will keep you posted as to our conversations, and for future gatherings.
Sistah Smifff —Posted, October 24, 2019 by Willene White Smith ’77 (and with Blessings from Dr. Candy Tate (404-932-4377).
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Morris Brown College Homecoming,
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Our Students Have Returned for Fall Semester!
– – – MBC Students, winning this year’s Black History Month Debate Awards
– – – Special Message, Posted by Rev. Chuck Barlow Sr., of the Alumni Association Focus Group, July 27, 2019
MBC ALUMNI FOCUS GROUP
This letter is attached with information for you, to copy, to hand out, customize, and send to your friends, alumni and family, in order to solicit special donations for this urgent cause.
Necessary, Special Fundraiser for the Repair of
The All – Purpose (Administration ) Building and Air-Conditioning Units
A Response to Fire and Water / As Our Students are now returning.
MBC ALUMNI AND FRIENDS OF MBC:
URGENT! WE NEED YOUR HELP! We had a fire in the Administration (All Purpose) building, major repairs needed; and the air conditioning units are not working, they need replacements and repairs. Repairs must be completed by August 15th to be ready for student orientation on August 17th. We need $50,000 by July 30th , to start the repairs. Make checks payable to Morris Brown National Alumni Association, put in the note section “MBC Alumni Focus Group”; mail to Morris Brown National Alumni Association, PO box 92784 zip code 30314. The Morris Brown National Alumni Association is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, recognized by the IRS, therefore, your gifts are tax deductible. All funds will be accounted for and used for this purpose, specifically.
Our goal is to raise $250,000; Having received the best estimates, with creative, sweat-equity contributions in combination,this includes $189,107.00 for building repairs and material supplies and one new replacement AC unit costing $25,450, and the cost to replace the compressor for the other unit is $2,918; the company uses Estes Services who are $10,000 lower than any other offer. To get the cost down, Interim President Dr. Kevin James solicited BEHR paint to donate all the paint needed, and solicited YouthBuild Atlanta to donate all the sheetrock and free labor to install.
We need every MBC Alumnus and Friends of MBC to help us raise these funds immediately. We are asking each person to identify a person or persons whom they would like to honor with their contributions. Identify your favorite family member or MBC person(s); it could be an instructor, staff, student, etc. Make a commitment to contact persons in your group/organization/class, etc. to support people like: Mr. Oscar Burnett, Miss Vera Benton, Dr. Farmer, Ms. Middleton, Mr. Cleopas Johnson, Dr. Carrie Clements Johnson, etc. Jeremiah Hackley, the current SGA president is going to identify all of the past SGA presidents and honor them.
We received quotes to make repairs: Home Depot & YouthBuild Material & Free Labor quote $246K. Dr. Carrie Clements Johnson referred contractor, Antonio Harrell, who gave us a great deal on repairing the administration building when the roof was leaking. We asked him for a quote on repairing the building and/or can he help us get the material at a discount price. His quote including material: TOTAL $189,107.00 X 30% = $58K Needed to get started.
If you have any questions about this special appeal, contact Chuck Barlow, Sr. at 404-754-3073, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Interim President, Dr. Kevin James, has approved of this Letter.
Thank you for your support!!!
MBC ALUMNI FOCUS GROUP LEADERSHIP TEAM
Co-Founder – Dr. N. R. Farokhi
Chairman-Coach Sol Brannan, Jr.
Chairman of Strategic Planning- Chuck Barlow, Sr.
President MBC NAA- Jethro Joseph
Chairman of Women for MBC- Willene White Smith
Chairman of $20M X 2020 Capital Campaign and Executive Committee – Marvin Rhodes
Come Be With Us on Labor Day!
—July 20, 2019. (Pictured Above), Willene White-Smith ’77 (R) of the Morris Brown College $20 M by 2020 Capital Campaign, Executive Committee, and Celestine “Joyce” Littel, ’83 (L), of V-103 FM, MC of the Event, with Interim President Dr. Kevin James (C) sharing a vision for Morris Brown’s future . . .
“Worship all you can see, and more will appear . . . ” Richard Schaffer, Tony Award Winning Broadway Play, Equus)
“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement . . . to be spiritual is to be amazed.” (Abraham Joshua Heschel)
Expressing Appreciation is a form of worship, and the best way for moving ahead. In practicing it, more good will appear. We gathered at First Christian Church of Atlanta, (Disciples of Christ) to say “thank you” to many of our present major donors, and challenge them to share their good-will influence, leading us to others, who should be a part of our mission, but may not know it yet..
Why First Christian Church of Atlanta (A History)
The Temple Bombing (October 12th, 1958, 3:57 am) and Civil Rights Turning Points with the Atlanta Protestant Clergy: A Re-Visitation.
A Meditative Essay
On July 20th, the Morris Brown College 2020 Capital Campaign sponsored an appreciation gathering for financial supporters to Morris Brown by some of its past, legacy donors, and an appreciational “revisit” to Atlanta’s Turning Point Churches (Peachtree Christian Church [PCC] and First Christian Church of Atlanta [FCCA]).
Mostly violence had bypassed Atlanta following the Brown versus Board of Education decision of 1954. Mayor Hartsfield could, then, describe Atlanta as “A City too busy to hate,” and a popular tourist guide booklet characterized the City as “A Kind of Cracker Camelot.” But then the Temple Bombing happened!
Peachtree, right across the street, immediately opened its doors to Rabbi Jacob Rothchild and the Temple Worshipers, and FCCA, founded in 1865, pressed into social justice ministry its long history of civil rights advocacy. The White Protestant Clergy issued a “Ministry Manifesto” which became a seminal document in the early Civil Rights Movement. A Tide was Turned.
All this is chronicled in Melissa Fay Greene’s wonderful, award winning Book, The Temple Bombing. But for us, and in this moment of time, we will seek out the origins of these stories of triumph over oppression as we express appreciation. More to come your way regarding the importance of this history. We meet first at FCCA.
—Roger Sizemore (On Behalf of the $20M by 2020 Capital Campaign Steering Committee) — Posted, July 6 2019
— Posted, July 5, 2019. Fountain Hall (Stone Hall) has just been awarded a $575,000 grant for the preservation of this historic structure. Our great thanks to Dr. Candy Tate, from the Atlanta Branch of ASALH (The Association for the Study of African American Life and History) who wrote the grant on behalf of Morris Brown and the West End Neighborhoods. Posted by Julian Smth, Jr., (July 5, 2019) on Facebook, and copied, here. More details to come, soon.
—June 29th, 2019, posted by Willene White-Smith
“12th Annual HBCU Scholarship Race” in Piedmont Park, with 55 early registrations from MBC. The event was held on Saturday, June 26th. Morris Brown has been, each year, an active partner in this annual fundraiser. The school receives a percentage of all registrations under Morris Brown’s Name. In the past 3 years our college has received over $1,000.00 in Scholarships.
There will be over 75 HBCU Alumni Chapters participating in this annual fundraiser, with 3,000+ alums and supporters from our sister schools. This year, several of us will run in the newly designed “MBC Leggings” by Traditions! Many, Many Thanks are extended to Alumna Krystal Wilson for coordinating our “MBC Legging Campaign/Sales.” We are in process of creating an online store on our Alumni web page, where these and other MBC items may be purchased.
—June 24, 2019, Posted by Julian Smith Jr. . . . See this recent and important article on the significant role of Morris Brown College and for the sake of the AU Center District, for protecting local, legacy residents against runaway commercial gentrification in Dr. King’s Beloved Community of Vine City and the West End
. . . We have allies in this social justice mission with the West Side Future Fund, for which, background information may be accessed by clicking here.
And for the article . . . Click Here
— (June 17, 2019) Dr. Karchek Sims-Alvarado, (on the faculty at Morehouse College) presented an Atlanta University historic, 1905, Re-Puposed, Faculty Photo, at an unveiling in front of Fountain Hall, on the Morris Brown College Campus Yard, Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
Dr. Sims-Alvarado received a Micro-Grant sponsored by the Atlanta Housing Authority, as part of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. She has contributed $5,000 of her own funds, combined with the Micro-Grant, to make this project possible, which is a restored (and enlarged, retouched) 1905 photo to be installed as part of the Friends of Fountain Hall Restoration Project, an initiative, now in its beginning, development phases.
Honoring the Herndon, Dubois, Towns & Ware Families
Atlanta University Faculty Photograph created as a display in front of Historic (Stone) Fountain Hall, 1905.
Special, Commissioned, Large Mural to be placed in front of Fountain Hall: A Reception and Unveiling was held . . .
Tuesday, June 18th, 3 pm – 4:30 pm
Willene White-Smith, Facebook Post (6.14.2019, copied here.)
Please remember to Join us for the 7th Annual “JUNETEENTH Atlanta Parade & Festival,” in the morning beginning at Mozley Park at 10:00am and culminating in the Home Depot Backyard! Witness all of the Beautiful Floats including our MBC Float with our Current MBC President, Miss MBC, Little Miss MBC and Many More. Help us Celebrate our “400 Years of African-American History in America!” Hear President James Address the Whole Juneteenth Atlanta Family at 1:30pm on the Huge Juneteenth Stage. Please Come Support over 300+ Vendors, the Educational & Entertainment Tents and Plenty of Bouncy Houses for our Children. Witness and Enjoy our 400 years of Survival, thru Edutainment, Spoken Word, Fashion Shows, Tents of Wisdom & Knowledge, Food and Dance. The Parade Ignites the Festivities and the Admission is FREE. Please Support our Vendors!!! … (Photos here posted are from previous years!!!)
. . . and participate in this seminal event commemoration.
Morris Brown College News
— (March 1, 2019) Morris Brown Names Dr. Kevin James, Interim President
“I am honored to have been selected by the board to serve at the helm of Georgia’s oldest HBCU founded by black people,” said James. “I look forward to working with the board of trustees, alumni, staff, and other shareholders to resurrect this historic college back to prominence. My first order of business is working to obtain accreditation, ensure financial stability, build a strong relationship with alumni, and enrollment growth.”
In his nearly 20-year career as a higher education administrator, executive business leader, and motivational speaker, James is committed to improving his community through education and empowerment. He has served in various senior-level administrative roles within colleges across the Carolinas and Georgia and civic organizations, most recently serving as Interim CEO of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. In this, he oversaw the day-to-day operations, strategic planning, and external relations for the non-profit organization of 10,000+ members who volunteer through a host of mentorship and community service initiatives across the country and internationally.
Bishop Reginald Jackson, Chairman of the Morris Brown College Board of Trustees, welcomed James’s appointment. “We needed a leader who holds not only outstanding values and a passion for helping sustain HBCUs, but one who has vast experience in higher education, the accreditation process, and fundraising to take Morris Brown College to the next level,” Jackson said. “After an exhaustive search, we found these qualities in Dr. Kevin James. He has served in various leadership capacities with enthusiasm, and I am confident that he will play the key role to resurrect Morris Brown College.”
A native of Columbia, S.C., James attended South Carolina State University and earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Social Sciences from Winthrop University; a master’s degree in Business Management, Leadership, and Organizational Effectiveness from Troy State University; and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a graduate of the Higher Education Institute at Harvard University.
MORRIS BROWN COLLEGE
See, also the March 1, 2019 article about Dr. Kevin James in the Atlanta Voice, by clicking here >>> and then going to their “archives” section, and clicking on the Cover Story for March 1, 2019
WINNERS: February 2019
Congratulations to the Students of Morris Brown College
1st Place AUC Black History Quiz Bowl 2019
The Morris Brown Family
Congrats to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners from CAU, Morehouse, and Spelman!
Sol Brannan’s New, Co-Authored Book
Morris Brown College Alumni Focus Group Leader, Sol Brannan, former NFL Player, MBC Coach, and, now, Co-Author (with Kimberly Archie) of the new book, Brain Damaged: Two Minute Warning for Parents (NY: USA Sports Safety Publication, 2019), available from Amazon.com
Former NFL Player, Sol Brannan, a Morris Brown, Graduate, Former Coach and Current Leader
Fountain Hall and the Yard, in the News
(Morris Brown College)
Lifting up a “Movement to Restore Historic Fountain Hall,” as a Key toward Preserving the Soul and History of Morris Brown College / The Atlanta University Dream, Atlanta’s Historic Westside Village and cultivating Dr. King’s “Beloved Community” . . . Help Morris Brown reach 10,000 signatures!!! We have over 3500 right now.
Friends, please sign and share our petition for progress. For more details, and to sign the petition, click on the link, below >>>
*NOTE: This suggested Website is for signing the petition only. Morris Brown is making NO requests for funds for this Restoration of Fountain Hall Project, at this time. If you wish to give to Morris Brown, directly, see the “DONATE” pages at the College web-site . . .
And to sign the petition . . . click on the URL (below)
Your continued support is essential for us as we strengthen and forward this honored legacy.
Morris Brown College Day At the City Council
*Pictured above (Left): District 2 Representative, Amir R. Farokhi (who grew up on the Morris Brown Campus); Dr. N. R. Farokhi, (Amir’s Father and an MBC Faculty Member, Center), and past President, Dr. Stanley J. Pritchett, Sr., (Right)
The Atlanta City Council Declares Morris Brown College Day, November 19th with a Proclamation:
Proclamation: Whereas Morris Brown College “. . . proudly opened its doors just 20 years after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1885 . . . becoming the first Historically Black College and University in the State of Georgia” . . . “and a vital and integral part of the Atlanta University System . . . where it has played and continues to play a meaningful role in the country’s ecosystem of Historical Black Colleges and Universities . . . and as the school continues to serve the needs of all who have the desire and potential to earn a degree, regardless of their current economic opportunity . . . and whereas thousands of alumni and alumnae of Morris Brown College have gone on to admirably serve the City of Atlanta and its communities and make a positive impact on the world . . .
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT WE, the members of the Atlanta City Council, on behalf of the citizens of Atlanta, recognize Morris Brown College on their long history of continuing determination to inspire life-long learning in all who seek it, and hereby declare Monday, November 19th, as Morris Brown College Day in the City of Atlanta.”
Signed and Sealed by the Atlanta City Council Members. November 19, 2018
Thank you for visiting the MBCNAA website. For those considering membership, we have recently added the ability to register online.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018
The National Alumni Association of Morris Brown College . . .
. . . would like to thank all that participated in the 2018 Homecoming Festivities. Please remember to go to our membership page, and sign up today to become a member of the National Alumni Association of Morris Brown College.
We are proud to announce that you may now go online to YouTube.com to view the new video of the Morris Brown College Alma Mater. This video was arranged, orchestrated, directed, and produced by 2018 Morris Brown College Graduate, Mr. Jody Mayfield. Don’t forget to share with your friends. Show the world that Morris Brown College is “Still Standing.”
Morris Brown College was represented at the Annual Atlanta Greek Picnic (So, don’t miss this, next time!)
June 23, 2018
Morris Brown College, Atlanta, is alive and and thriving! Here are the heads of the Morris Brown College National Alumni Association! Lastly, at the Atlanta Greek Picnic, donations were made from some of the proceeds, to #MBC #AGP2018 #ATLGreekPicnic @ Morris Brown College. (Front Row [L-R]): James Fedd, 2nd Alumni Rep to the MBC Board., Dr. Tyra Ellis, Secretary, (Second Row), Norrisa Melix, Treasurer, Shirley Barlow, President, Inez Greggs, Financial Sec.
Morris Brown College’s $20 Million Capital Campaign
The Tom Joyner Foundation will set up the Capital Campaign at the beginning. Then you will be hearing more.
For more information on the beginning phases of the Capital Campaign, visit the Tom Joyner Foundation
or register on this web page (see the comment section) and someone will respond to you.
Please check out the Faculty Spotlight of Dr. Gloria Anderson by the Tom Joyner Foundation.
Linen Sale Drive
Partnering with Essentials Daily Discounts
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