I had no idea that the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod operated a historical black college in Selma until I notice Concordia College when visiting Selma last summer on a civil rights bus tour. Here is a taste a piece on the closing from Inside Higher Ed:
Concordia College in Alabama has announced that it will end operations at the end of this academic year.
Concordia is a historically black institution, and the only such institution to be Lutheran. The announcement of the closure came from the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, which noted “great sadness” over the decision.
A statement from the synod said in part: “[S]ince July 2006, of the total subsidy (not including scholarships) given to the 10 campuses of the Concordia University System, CCA [the Alabama college] alone has received more than 44 percent of that amount. But in spite of this assistance and funds from other sources, CCA — whose own efforts to stay viable have been robust — was not able to achieve acceptable and sustainable financial performance.”
The statement added: “The synod must continually evaluate how it allocates its limited resources in the face of so many worthy mission-and-ministry opportunities both at home and abroad. This often requires the synod’s Board of Directors to make difficult decisions in following the principles of wise and faithful, Scripture-mandated stewardship.
Concordia was founded — as the Alabama Lutheran Academy — in Selma in 1922. Rosa J. Young, known as “the mother of black Lutheranism in America,” started the college.
Read the entire piece here.