ATL, GA – Actor and comedian Chris Tucker to receive honorary degree during Morris Brown College commencement  on May 20 at 4 p.m. at Big Bethel AME Church.

Dennis Kimbro, an author and professor of the business school at Clark Atlanta University will serve as the keynote address during the ceremony. According to AJC, seventeen students will graduate, including Sam Smith, who spent 50 years working at MATRA before retiring at 71 and returning to Morris Brown to complete his degree.

During the ceremony, seven people are to receive honorary degrees including an Honorary Doctorate of Letters to Kimbro, an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to NBA Hall of Famer and David T. Howard High School graduate Walter “Clyde” Frazier and an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts to actor Chris Tucker.

Frazier is from Atlanta, and Tucker is from DeKalb County.

Founded in 1881 as Morris Brown Colored College by the African Americans affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Morris Brown has been struggling through an financial crisis. In 2012 it lost its accreditation and federal funding due to a financial mismanagement scandal during the 1998-2002 tenure of Dolores Cross as president. The college also faced foreclosure and the United Negro College Fund terminated its support.

Today, the college is open with a limited budget and volunteer faculty and staff. It manage to continuing operations with support from the AME church and generous donations from alumni. The student population is only at 40, with the hopes of gaining their accreditation and more enrollment.

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