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Spelman College president writes controversial letter regarding Morris Brown College

Derrick Boazman center

Derrick Boazman center

Social media followers are up in arms about Spelman College President Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum’s recent open letter to the community regarding bankrupt Morris Brown College. Talk radio personality Derrick Boazman, a Morris Brown College graduate, and Senator Vincent Hill, a former history professor, along with key alumni have been leading protests to thwart efforts to sell the school as part of Atlanta’s new football stadium deal.

Boazman’s Facebook followers have made comments like: “I will be calling her office to express my disgust”, “This is not a shock to me. She represents the new negro!” and “Why haven’t the alumni [saved] their school? Don’t look to others; search within.”

Read it for yourself.

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  1. JLO on August 25, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Finally someone said what should have been said weeks ago.

  2. Cga on August 25, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I don’t get why people are upset. The school has had a decade to pull itself together and has failed. As an alumni of Clark Atlanta University, I pay my dues and support my school. When I ask some of my college friends who graduated from MBC if they support financially most say no or not lately, so how do you expect your school to survive. I’m over it.

  3. Sarah Jones on August 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Nothing to see here…don’t believe the hype. She has a very valid reasoning and rationale. Why is the headline so negative Rolling Out?

  4. openlyblack on August 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Putting the word “controversial” in the headline is neither illustrative nor is it informative, especially when all you’ve done is print a letter without additional journalistic information. Exactly what is the controversy? Dr. Tatum’s letter is thoughtful, measured and respectful … the headline is inflammatory and misleading.

  5. Tonya on September 3, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Yes this headline Rolling Out was very misleading. She only said what many others were thinking. I never understood why the alumni did not try fight like hard to save THEIR school. She is correct, that area in which it stands should be used to further enhance the quality of life for the other schools/students and not be turned into something seedy. Kudos to her for speaking the truth.