The 140 year old college founded by former slaves, Morris Brown College, has finally regained its accreditation after almost 20 years. Losing their accreditation in 2002, Morris Brown has fought to stay open by a hair and is now showing the nation to never give up!
Recently the historically Black College announced the federally-recognized Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools voted to make the college a candidate for accreditation. After being revoked by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 2002 due to fiscal management and debt, the school will now be able to have students that can apply for federal loans and the school can offer federal aid.
Morris Brown President Kevin James tells Fox 5 that the school was “elated” about its candidacy for accreditation.
“We intend on making history as the first HBCU to regain its status after a 20-year hiatus and the first HBCU to have a flagged hotel on its campus for a hospitality education program,” James said. “These achievements have sparked other closed HBCU’s to try again. Without the resilience, support, and prayers from the Board of Trustees, African Methodist Episcopal church, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community, we would not be here. We have so many amazing projects coming up in the pipeline that will prepare our students for academic success and jobs.”
The school was founded by religious leaders at Big Bethel AME church in 1881 and was the first college in Georgia to be owned and operated by African Americans.