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Songs of joy on the road

JOYCE WHITE Special to the AmNews | 9/14/2011, 4:25 p.m.

Atlanta's historically Black Morris Brown College choir will perform at the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture in Harlem on Saturday, Sept. 24, during a national tour by the institution. Morris Brown College was founded in 1881 by members of the AME Church and is listed as No. 25 on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The festivities will get underway at the Schomburg with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the concert at 7. The Schomburg is located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street in Harlem.

According to Morris Brown College officials, the gathering at the Schomburg not only celebrates the institution's century-long survival but the fact that the college recently settled a $9 million debt with the federal government. During the tour, the institution is also appealing to alumni and friends to support the college in its turnaround efforts.

During the reception, officials of the college, including Dr. Stanley Prichett, the college president, will discuss many of the issues facing this historical institution. The gathering will allow students seeking an affordable college to apply to Morris Brown College, where the tuition is more modest and affordable than at many other colleges and universities.

"We are working with a dedicated, committed board of trustees, alumni, faculty and staff," Prichett said recently. "We are determined that Morris Brown College will recover fully and reflect the legacy of which 'Brownites' and alumni are proud."

Tickets for the reception are $50, which includes a reserved concert seat. A concert-only ticket is $35 per person. To purchase tickets and for additional information about other stops where the choir will appear, contact Morris Brown alumni Rosa DuCree at (718) 276-5047 or Loretta White at (212) 406-2107.