Grieving the Death of the Powerless in America and the Morris College Plan

June 18, 2020

Dear Morris College Family and the Friends:

“When men rise from their knees, they are able to see how tall they are…when all men stand together, equality is no mirage, the plumline of righteousness and justice holds a straight line…”

Author Unknown

The world witnessed George Floyd take his last breath under the knee of a man while being recorded for what would ignite mass protests for equality not only nationwide, but internationally.  Mr. Floyd’s unfortunate death comes on the heels of the recent unlawful deaths of Admaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.  Both these victims suffered ignominious deaths, which were reminders of the living vestiges of systemic racism and prejudicial biases in our society

The Morris College family grieves the loss of Mr. Floyd, Mr. Arbery, and Ms. Taylor. As a member of the family of Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU’s) we are and have always been committed to doing more, serving more, and being a resource of tools and knowledge for our students and our community to bring about change.  Our motto “Intrare Libris, Dispartire Servire,” that is “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” inculcates the values of our mission since our founding in 1908.

The challenge for institutions of higher learning in general and HBCU’s in particular is to create and foster a culture of dynamic change and a thirst to make our communities better.  In this space of newness and revitalization all men will be able to rise off their knees and stand together, where no man’s kneeling on another’s neck reflects institutional and cultural prejudices and biases, nor the kneeling of a man denotes his perceived permanent status in society.

As we move forward and accept this challenge, Morris College is committed to being the educational reservoir of community enlightenment in the City of Sumter by making our institution a place for community partners and stakeholders, businesses and faith institutions, can meet, gather, learn and develop strategic plans to lift all our residents higher for the betterment of our society.

As for our beloved students and our Morris staff, Be Encouraged, and remember our Counseling Center is available for you!  Please do not hesitate to reach out by calling 803-934-3259.