Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 21 through September 27 is National Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Week

President Barack Obama proclaims September 21 through September 27 as National Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Week. The week highlights the legacies, missions and need to support HBCUs along with the National HBCU Conference taking place in Washington, D.C.

In his proclamation, the President said HBCUs waged the war against illiteracy for newly freed slaves in their early years after the Civil War. He said the week honors the importance of HBCUs and their mission that everyone deserves a chance to succeed.

“Over more than 150 years, HBCUs have provided students with the tools to meet the challenges of a changing world,” Obama said. “These institutions are hubs of opportunity that lift up Americans and instill in their students a sense of who they are and what they can become. Their campuses are engines of economic growth and community service and proven ladders of intergenerational advancement.”

The President also said that his administration is fighting to make college more affordable with larger grants and low-interest loans. The administration is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in HBCUs, and because half of all students at these schools are the first in their family to attend college, they are supporting programs that help these first-generation scholars succeed.

The goal is for the nation to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

“During National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, we recognize the ways these schools have made our Nation more just and we continue our work to make higher education accessible to every child in America,” Obama said.

On Monday and Tuesday, the 2014 National HBCU Conference is being held in Washington with the theme “HBCUs: Innovators For Future Success,” focusing on innovative and transformative educational approaches to ensure access to the American dream.

The two-day conference brings together HBCU presidents, senior administrators and other HBCU stakeholders to meet and interact with senior federal officials, representatives from the private sector and foundations in order to meet the evolving challenges in higher education.

Monday, September 22, 2014


Published On September 21, 2014 | By maria | Financial News, Latest posts

Clark Atlanta University is suing the city of Atlanta for acquiring land that was given to Morris Brown College instead of reverting it back to the university. www.naturallymoi.com
Reported by Nigel Boys

Over two years after filing in federal bankruptcy court in 2012, Morris Brown College, in Atlanta, GA, was given the go-ahead to sell the school’s property for $14.6 million to Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development authority, and Friendship Baptist Church. The school had no other alternative since it faced debts amounting to over $30 million.

However, although the sale of the property was authorized by the courts in June this year and the deal was finalized in August, Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has filed a lawsuit against the city because they believe the land should have reverted back to them.

The university filed the lawsuit on September 5 in Fulton County Superior Court, claiming that the sale of the school’s property violates an old agreement with Morris Brown, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). The suit claims that the property should have been returned to the university in the event that it was no longer used for educational purposes.

Clark Atlanta will continue to support the use of the property as an educational institution, according to AJC. It has invited the city to discuss with them the possibility of ensuring that it provides an educational opportunity to those who were historically denied that opportunity, namely the African-American community.

If CAU fails to come to an agreement with the Mayor of Atlanta, Kaseem Reid, they have been given the permission by the bankruptcy judge to pursue litigation in state court to determine its interests in the land previously occupied by Morris Brown College.

There has been no comment from Mayor Reid’s office on the pending litigation or the plan they have for the land in the foreseeable future.
However, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Friendship Baptist Church recently announced their plans to develop about 22 acres near the new Atlanta Falcons stadium, including land that was formerly owned by Morris Brown College.


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