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Homecoming 2019 Highlights

Little Mr. and Little Miss. Morris Brown

2019-2020

 

The Royal Court 2019-2020

 

Brownites united.  Former Miss Morris Brown College (Krystal ‘Ifetayo’ Wilson), and Basketball Great Alumni (George Bell)

The NAA of Morris Brown, and the Women4MBC hard at work!!

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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 chuckbarlowsr1@gmail.com.

*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


 

 

—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.

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  — (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

 

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— (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.

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Congratulations to the Students of Morris Brown College
1st Place AUC Black History Quiz Bowl 2019

The Morris Brown Family

 

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Congrats to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners from CAU, Morehouse, and Spelman!

 

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Please check out the Faculty Spotlight of Dr. Gloria Anderson by the Tom Joyner Foundation.

 

 

 

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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

at :  https://tomjoynerfoundation.org

 

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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

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Fountain Hall and the Yard, in the News

(Morris Brown College)

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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  . . .

https://www.morrisbrown.edu

And to sign the petition . . . click on the URL (below)

https://www.change.org/p/we-must-save-the-historic-fountain-hall

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By also clicking here >>> you can make a Gift  to Morris Brown.

Your continued support is essential for us as we strengthen and forward this honored legacy.

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