Atlanta, Georgia (October 27, 2020) — Even COVID and a global pandemic couldn’t dampen the spirit of Morris Brown College’s Virtual Homecoming. Founded in 1881, the historical black college raised $462,882.09 during an entertaining eight-hour live telethon-type setting with several dedicated sponsors.
During the virtual festivity, the 19th President, Dr. Kevin James, delivered his state of the college address to thousands of viewers logged in. The President talked about the college’s goal to reach $500,000 by the end of Homecoming weekend. He called on alumni to pledge what they could and spread the word that Morris Brown was close to having its application approved on its quest for accreditation candidacy.
“Despite the odds of raising money during a global pandemic, I am elated that the college was able to raise $462,882.09. We are $40,000 short of reaching our goal. We are thinking boldly and out of the box. I am hopeful we’ll raise more funds through donors and corporate sponsors by the end of this week,” said President Dr. Kevin James.
The monies raised during Homecoming would help demonstrate to the accreditation body that Morris Brown is not only viable but fiscally stable to support staffing, facilities, equipment, materials, and support services for the approved programs.
The online gathering had two dynamic hosts and a DJ spinning the tunes from the college’s new radio station 102.6 The Situation. During Homecoming, the MBC board chair from the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) gave a $121,000 donation, and members from MBC’s chapter sororities, fraternities, and affinity groups presented checks to the school. The Ronald Floyd Thomas family pledged a whopping $160,000. The Alpha Sigma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi pledged $50,000. The college also accepted smaller donations from mobile apps like Cashapp, PayPal, and online.
A replay of the Virtual Homecoming can be seen on colleges social media and the college’s website. To learn how you can donate to Morris Brown College, visit https://morrisbrown.edu/, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
ABOUT MORRIS BROWN COLLEGE:
Morris Brown College, founded in 1881 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, is a private, coeducational liberal arts college engaged in teaching and public service with a special focus on leadership, management, entrepreneurship, and technology.