Sen. Ossoff on why it's important to keep promises to HBCUs after securing major funding for Morris Brown College

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"HBCUs are gems in our nation's system of higher education." That's among the reasons U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff says it's important to keep promises made to America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Ossoff was on the campus of Morris Brown College Tuesday to announce some major federal funding for the Atlanta school. A $2.9 million federal grant will be used to support academic programs and to renovate the historic Fountain Hall.

According to Morris Brown College President Dr. Kevin James, the funding "is our largest grant in the last 20 years and we're so excited that Senator Ossoff, along with Senator (Raphael) Warnock, have both aided in the restoration of Morris Brown College with this gift."

James' "hard reset" of Morris Brown continues since the school regained its Accreditation in April 2022 after it was revoked in 2002. According to James, when he assumed the leadership post in 2019 there were 20 students. There are now there are more than 270 students with expectations of at least 400 by the fall semester.

"Georgia's HBCUs are on my mind", says Ossoff adding, "I'm going to continue supporting the work of Dr. James and the team here at Morris Brown as they rebuild this institution."

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