(ATLANTA, Ga.) Morris Brown College, one of Atlanta’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) has been making headlines as it prepares to reopen its doors to students.
The college lost its accreditation in 2002 due to financial issues and after a 20-year process, received its accreditation candidacy in April. This brings the college closer to full accreditation and on the fast track to allowing higher education candidates to earn degrees.
Although the doors to the campus have been closed for some time, investors have sought out Morris Brown for additional opportunities, specifically in the hospitality industry. In March, the CGI Hotel group announced its $30 million hotels and hospitality program with the college. Now, an Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A is pouring into the next generation of hospitality industry leaders.
The well-loved chicken restaurant donated $500,000 to the college’s hospitality management sector and plans to help build a new hotel on campus that will also serve as instructional space for students.
Atlanta city councilman and Morris Brown alumni Derrick Boazman spoke on the recent donation in a statement to WSB-TV saying, “Wherever you see me, you see Morris Brown College, and I’m proud of that.”
Boazman completed his degree program in 1990 and has worked on behalf of the college all over the world in addition to being a local activist in the city of Atlanta.
He gloats that Morris Brown is an epitome of Black excellence and despite their financial troubles, the school has done many successful things throughout its 140-year existence.
“Morris Brown College turned out Pulitzer Prize winners. It turned out Hosea Williams, Arthur Langford, it turned out the first Black chief of Atlanta. It turned out the current sheriff of DeKalb County, and so that shows you what kind of institution this is,” said Boazman.
The donation from Chick-fil-A will revitalize the school’s hospitality program and allow students to participate in a two-year leadership development program, providing hands-on opportunities in the field.