Reporting Mike Schuh
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Big news coming out of Morgan State.
Mike Schuh reports the university is expanding their main campus.
At the site now cleared of a large failed hardware store, a building is to be built to teach students how to make businesses succeed. It’s the Earl Graves School of Business.
“$440 is what, in 1953, I arrived on this campus with,” Earl Graves said.
Graves is a 1957 Morgan grad, and the founder of Black Enterprise Magazine.
“The entrepreneur spirit was there from the beginning and I trace it to Morgan. When people ask me what I’ve done and what’s most important to me in life I start with Morgan State University,” he said.
Seven academic departments will move in, including a Wall Street trading floor, mock hotel rooms and a large reaching kitchen. It’s a proud evolution of a historic spot where mass civil rights protests began in the 1940s.
“Right here is where the use of mass arrests to end discriminatory practices got its start and from here it spread across the country,” said Morgan State President Dr. David Wilson.
It’s a $72 million upgrade which will attract top students and faculty from all over the country.
Morgan management’s not done, saying they have plans for two more buildings in what they’re calling their new west campus.
Construction will be concluded in a year and a half.