The Irene morgan academy Capital Campaign



Our School

Mission and Vision

The Irene Morgan Collegiate Academy is an independent boarding school for black girls that develops the leadership capacity and community development knowledge of Black girls with an afro centric curriculum that aims to undo oppression and empower both students and their communities.

Our Campaign

Black women are the most college seeking politically active cultural group in the United States, yet we remain, in many ways left behind and systematically cut off from educational resources and educational empowerment. While there have been increasing efforts, such as Oakland’s Black Male Achievement Program, Echoing Green’s Black Male Fellowship Program and numerous school that exclusively serve Black male students, there haven’t been the same efforts to address the specific needs of Black girls. We aim to raise 5 million dollars to build a state of the art facility and to ensure that low income black girls have access to high quality private school education. 


about Irene Morgan

Irene Morgan was born on April 9, 1917, in Baltimore, Maryland. On a July morning in 1944, Morgan recovering from a miscarriage, boarded a Greyhound bus in Gloucester, Virginia, to return to her home in Baltimore. She selected a seat in a section of the back of the bus designated for black passengers. A half hour into the trip, a white couple boarded the crowded bus and the bus driver, under authority given to him by Jim Crow laws and segregation practices, demanded that Morgan give up her seat. Raised by a religious family that discouraged questioning authority, Morgan decided that her rights outweighed her obedience and she refused to give up her seat. The bus driver drove directly to a local jail and a sheriff's deputy boarded the bus and handed her a warrant for her arrest. Morgan tore up the warrant and kicked the officer when he tried to grab her.

Morgan later brought her case to the Supreme Court. Justices heard arguments in Irene Morgan v. Commonwealth of Virginia, and handed down a landmark decision for Civil Rights. On June 3, 1946, they agreed that segregation violated the Constitution's protection of interstate commerce.