ATLANTA (WAOK)- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed responded angrily Friday to recent protests by supporters of Morris Brown College over the possible location of Friendship Baptist Church. On Thursday, Morris Brown supporters lead by State Senator Vincent Fort and Derrick Boazman, activist and talk show host of “Too Much Truth” on 1380 WAOK, accused Mayor Reed of attempting to “land grab” Morris Brown property to make way for the new location of Friendship Baptist Church. Friendship is one of two Baptist churches that must be purchased and demolished to make way for the new Falcons Stadium.
Mayor Reed was visibly angered by those accusations and defended himself and his administration.
The mayor responded by first listing ways he has helped Morris Brown since taking office. Reed said he helped get the U.S. Department of Education to forgive more than $9.4 million in debt owed by the college.
Reed then accused Fort, who used to work at the college of only collecting a check from the financially strapped school.
“I’ve done more than Vincent Fort has ever done for Morris Brown. The only thing he’s done is collect a check from them,” said Mayor Reed.
Senator Fort says the city’s tactics have undermined a potential deal from FD, LLC, a company related to Family Dollar Stores which had offered $20 million for the school’s property.
Morris Brown supporters held a prayer vigil in front of the school on Sunday, then marched to Friendship Baptist Church to continue their protest on the possible move to Morris Brown property. There are reportedly two deals on the table to purchase the Middleton twin towers on the campus of Morris Brown.
According to officials at Friendship Baptist Church, the membership may not vote on the new deal with the city for another three weeks.
The Mayor said in the upcoming week he will meet with the leadership of Mt. Vernon to talk about where they might be able to relocate the church.