The long, inexorable march for Morris Brown College to extinction seems all but over now.
For more than a decade, Morris Brown College has clung to life as it struggled academically and financially in the face of growing debt and dwindling support.
Now, one of the country’s oldest black colleges, which at times boasted an enrollment of more than 3,000 student, is now down to about 50, and all but dead.
Morris Brown is facing foreclosure next month, after investors called $13 million worth of bonds tied to the college. An auction of assets, including the administration building, is scheduled for Sept. 4.
“This is heartbreaking and not only a sad day in the life of Morris Brown, but in black academia,” said former Atlanta City Councilman Derrick Boazman, a 1990 graduate of Morris Brown. “The school is needed now more than ever.”
Its questionable the school is needed “now more than ever”. What is clearly true is that MBC was never going to recover from the 2002 scandal and continuing to give it lifelines over the last 10 years prolonged an embarrassment that should have ended years ago.