ATLANTA (AP) - Organizers are planning a rally to raise funds to
help Morris Brown College pay a $380,000 water bill that is
threatening to shutter the embattled institution.
The city of Atlanta turned off the school's water on Dec. 15 for
Unless the bill is paid in full, the school will not reopen when classes are scheduled to resume on Jan. 9.
The campus rally is planned for Saturday. School officials have
been meeting with city administrators and pleading for donations
from the public during the holidays.
The college also needs $1.5 million to address day-to-day operations, and is about $30 million in debt overall.
The historically black institution is 127 years old and rebounding from an embezzlement scandal that brought it to the brink of extinction a few years ago.