ATLANTA -- One of the trending topics on Twitter, not only in Atlanta, but around the country Monday was Morehouse College.
Classes aren't in session, but students and alums are talking about the 'Morehouse of tomorrow' because of an open letter from a 1992 graduate to the college's leadership.
The former student, who went on to study at Yale Law, is drawing attention to what he worries is a "downward trajectory" for the school.
Imar Hutchins writes about multiple concerns, including the rigor of the academic program, but his first concern addresses historically black colleges and universities.
Hutchins asks in his letter: "Should black colleges even exist in the future, and if so, what should they look like?"
He goes on to write, "We are living in a very different world than we did just even a decade ago."
11Alive reached out to Hutchins, but at this time, he said he had nothing else to add beyond his letter.
MSNBC and CNN contributor Goldie Taylor was moved by his letter and retweeted it. But the Atlanta resident takes issue with the concept of Morehouse losing its relevancy. She also says Morehouse is not in crisis, as Hutchins writes, but believes it's in transition.
"To say that an institution that produced such greatness is not worthy of its bricks today, I think that part is unwarranted," Taylor said. "I think there are students coming out of high school who deserve and require the kind of education that a Morehouse, a Spelman, or even Howard University provides."
In response to the letter from the alum, Bob Davidson, the Chairman of the school's Board of Trustees, said in a statement:
"I am in receipt of the letter from our alumnus Imar Hutchins dated June 4, 2012, and have shared it with the search committee. The letter raises some very valid issues for all institutions of higher learning, including Morehouse. We invited community members to submit their comments as part of the search process and Imar's letter is not the only one that has been received. Beyond that, we won't comment on the specific issues and will look to the administration and incoming President to address any that."
Current President Dr. Robert Franklin announced this month that he would be leaving by the end of 2012 to take a sabbatical as a Scholar-in-Residence at Stanford University.