Spelman College

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Formation1881
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia (State), USA
Historically black US women's college

Spelman College is a private historically Black women's liberal arts college in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta. Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman received its collegiate charter in 1924, making it America's oldest private historically black liberal arts college for women.[1]

In fall 2019, it had 2,120 students[2]

Civil rights involvement

Going into the 1960s, the Spelman College students became involved in the heated civil rights actions going on in Atlanta. In 1962, the first Spelman students were arrested for participating in sit-ins in the Atlanta community. Noted American historian Howard Zinn was a professor of history at Spelman during this era, and served as an adviser to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee chapter at the college. Zinn mentored many of Spelman's students fighting for civil rights at the time, including Alice Walker and Marian Wright Edelman[3] Zinn was dismissed from the college in 1963 for supporting Spelman students in their efforts to fight segregation; at the time, Spelman was focused on turning out "refined young ladies." Edelman herself writes that Spelman had a reputation as "a tea-pouring, very strict school designed to turn black girls into refined ladies and teachers."[4]


 

Alumni on Wikispooks

PersonBornNationalitySummaryDescription
Stacey Abrams9 December 1973USPoliticianAmerican politician and lawyer
Kiron Skinner1961USAcademic
Deep state functionary
Former Director of Policy Planning


References

  1. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-1460&hl=y
  2. https://www.spelman.edu/docs/oirap/mini-fact-book-2018-2019.pdf?sfvrsn=4b336f51_0
  3. Alice Walker remembers Howard Zinn, in the Boston Globe, January 31, 2010.
  4. Edelman, Marian Wright (2000), "Spelman College: A Safe Haven for a Young Black Woman". The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, No. 27, pp. 118-123.