Morning Briefing - January 11, 2021


Morgan State University alumna named head of U.S. Capitol Police following riots

A Morgan State University alumna was named chief of the U.S. Capitol Police days after the deadly siege on the nation’s Capitol complex spurred its acting chief to resign following the department’s faltering.

After Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on former Chief Steven Sudd to step down from his position, he submitted his resignation, saying it would be effective Jan. 16. But according to the U.S. Capitol Police website, Assistant Chief Yogananda D. Pittman took control of the agency Friday. (Courtesy:

Former Bowie State President Samuel Myers Dies

Under his leadership, the university saw tremendous growth in enrollment, curriculum enhancements, and a new program in social work. He also moved the university to the next level with the first offering of a graduate degree, the master of education, and the establishment of a Graduate Division. (Courtesy:

Ammons appointed as Southern University at New Orleans chancellor

The Southern University Board of Supervisors last week approved the appointment of James H. Ammons Jr. as the permanent chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO). The appointment comes at the recommendation of System President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton, who outlined the search process that included members of the SUNO community as an advisory committee — faculty, staff, students and alumni. (Courtesy:

MJ Consulting Group to Provide Morehouse College Seniors With Credit Fixing Services

Many Americans face financial problems due to low credit scores, often leading to debt, poverty, and even homelessness in severe cases. On a mission to help struggling individuals and families with credit woes, MJ Consulting Group has partnered with Morehouse College to provide credit consultation to college seniors of the institution this 2021. (Courtesy:

Fisk University Pumps New Life Into Marching Band After Decades-Long Hiatus

The 1970s Fisk University marching band is somewhat of a little-known secret. It was short-lived and didn’t make the same impact as bands at other historically Black colleges. Some of the most legendary groups are Florida A&M University’s Marching 100, Texas Southern University’s Ocean of Soul, and the Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands.

Now, in the middle of the pandemic, Fisk is reviving the Fisk University Marching Bulldog Band that went silent in the early ’80s. (Courtesy: