After fighting for more than a decade just to stay open, Morris Brown College has finally accepted reality. It must drastically change if it is to survive and thrive.
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About Morris Brown
Founded in 1881 by members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church to serve black students, the college opened less than 25 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.
Alumni include civil rights leader Hosea Williams and Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. McPherson, along with Alberta King, the mother of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The college lost its accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 2002 because of gross financial mismanagement.
Dolores Cross, president from 1998 to 2002, pleaded guilty in 2006 to embezzling federal student aid money to try to save the school from financial ruin. Former financial aid director Parvesh Singh also pleaded guilty.