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Morris Brown Challenged Other HBCUs to Support Delayed Boycott

Logo for Morris Brown College. (Credit: Morris Brown College)

Faith leaders, including the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, favor a national boycott of Georgia-based corporations, including Coca-Cola, Delta and Home Depot in response to new voting laws.

By Allison Joyner

Morris Brown College joins the list of organizations to call on a boycott of companies like Aflac, AT&T and Southern Company for not speaking out against restrictive voting laws in Georgia.

Fountain Hall on the Morris Brown campus would remain as part of the college under the proposed sale to Invest Atlanta and Friendship Baptist Church

Morris Brown, founded and run by the AME church, supports their chairman, Bishop Reginald Jackson and other faith and community leaders who are opposed to Senate Bill 202, which critics argue make it harder for Georgians to vote in future elections. 

“Corporate leaders should also state their opposition to similar legislation in other states and withhold financial support to candidates and parties that vote for and support such legislation,” Jackson, the bishop of the AME’s Sixth Episcopal District, said in a statement. 

Dr. Kevin James, president of Morris Brown, supports a boycott if Jackson, the other faith leaders and executives of major Georgia-based corporations disagree when scheduled to meet next week. 

He said in a statement, “we look forward to being able to return our business to these corporations once Bishop Jacksons’ outlined steps are followed.”

James’s statement also encouraged other Historically Black Colleges and Universities based in Georgia to join the boycott. 

SaportaReport reached out to the nine other Georgia-based HBCUs for a response. Paine College and Savannah State University declined to comment and others did not respond by press time except for the institutions that are part of the Atlanta University Center Consortium

In a joint statement, the Consortium, which consists of Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College, said, “the right to free and unfettered elections is the very core of our democracy.”

The statement continued, “as historically Black institutions of higher learning, we are committed to a community we touch about the impact of this legislation on their right to vote.”

Some well-known alumni of HBCUs have voiced their concerns about a boycott of these companies. Spelman graduate Stacy Abrams, Morehouse alum, Sen. Raphael Warnock and Florida A&M University grad and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms fear the economic impact the boycott will have on the peach state if it takes effect later this month. 

Fulton County Commissioner Khadijah Abdur-Rahman favors the boycott, saying to the AJC, “a boycott would send a clear, unified message that we’re not going to take this foolishness.”

In the meantime, Jackson and other faith leaders will be holding demonstrations outside of Augusta National Golf Club, the host of this weekend’s Masters Tournament. So far the club has remained silent on the new election laws. 

 

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