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Spelman President FAMU Virtual Town HallATLANTA (February 8, 2021) -- Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., will join Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., and the presidents of Howard University and South Carolina State University for the FAMU Annual Black History Month Town Hall.

The 90-minute virtual event, themed “The Rise and Relevance of HBCUs,” will be streamed live at 7 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 11, on Zoom and the FAMU Facebook page.

The recent inauguration of Howard alumna Kamala Harris as U.S. vice president and the nomination of FAMU alumna Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee helped put HBCUs in the spotlight. The virtual town hall will provide a forum to discuss the fascinating moment in which HBCUs find themselves, said Dr. Robinson.

“This is an intriguing time for HBCUs,” said Dr. Robinson. “The role of HBCUs in the ongoing pandemic and social justice initiatives highlights the need and relevance of our institutions today, while the successes and contributions of our alumni remind us of why HBCUs are so vital to the future of this nation and the world.” 

Since its founding, Spelman has been a leader in preparing Black women to become global leaders, said Dr. Campbell.

“As one of the country’s top 10 innovative liberal arts colleges, we produce more Black women who obtain Ph.D.’s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and send more Black women to study abroad than any other institution in the country. With a No. four ranking in social mobility, Spelman, like other HBCUs, provides a stellar educational experience that lifts whole families and communities, which is critical to the nation’s economic engine,” Dr. Campbell said. “Alumnae leaders like Nobel Peace Prize nominee Stacey Abrams and incoming Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rosalind Brewer have a global impact that moves markets and advances civic engagement and social justice. HBCUs have always been and will continue to be a necessity for American excellence.”

South Carolina State University President James E. Clark said SCSU, which has the only four-year nuclear engineering degree program at an HBCU, produces leaders in STEM, including research focused on cancer disparities among African Americans.

SCSU also produced leaders in law, civil rights and politics, including Democratic whip, Congressman James E. Clyburn. Worth noting, SCSU continues to graduate  “a lion’s share of much-needed educators” in the Palmetto State and is second only to West Point in the number of African American generals produced, Clark said.

“Responding to racial and social injustice is at the core of who we are. This is based in part on a heightened awareness brought on by the 'Orangeburg Massacre' that occurred 53 years ago this week on our campus when three young African American men were shot and killed while running away from police,” Clark added. “Our sensitivities further lead us to provide the access and affordability that so many of our first-generation college attendees so desperately need. And from the unique opportunity we provide today comes many of the leaders of tomorrow.”

To attend this event visit the Black History Month Town Hall zoom registration page.      

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 54 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 19 for undergraduate teaching, No. 4 for social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 14th year among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Recent initiatives include a designation by the Department of Defense as a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, a Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute, the first endowed queer studies chair at an HBCU, and a program to increase the number of Black women Ph.D.s in economics. New majors have been added, including documentary filmmaking and photography, and partnerships have been established with MIT’s Media Lab, the Broad Institute and the Army Research Lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Starbucks Group President and COO Rosalind Brewer, political leader Stacey Abrams, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, actress and producer Latanya Richardson Jackson, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

 

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