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President's Letter to the Community

What's next in the Civil Rights Movement?

April 13, 2018


For the last two years, you have been receiving updates on the steps Spelman has been taking to strengthen and improve our Title IX compliance. I write now to introduce a new direction for our campus, in collaboration with Morehouse College. Together our campuses have begun an initiative to build model campus communities, the next step, we believe, in the Civil Rights Movement.

Please take a look at the joint statement below issued by the two presidents and recently published on

We will keep you informed as our collaboration develops in the coming months and years.

Enjoy the weekend!

Our Students Fueled The Civil Rights Movement. This Is What's Next
By Mary Schmidt Campbell and David A. Thomas

Editor’s Note: Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., is the president of Spelman College. David A. Thomas, Ph.D., is the president of Morehouse College. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors.

(CNN) Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Spelman College alumna Alice Walker once said that the most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. We, the presidents of two of the country's leading historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), have chosen to own the power of education to address a major problem in this country -- sexual misconduct and assault. As academic leaders, we believe that in a world in which such behavior is rampant, real change must come from a culture shift in our nation, and that shift has to begin with meaningful change on our college campuses. Continue reading...

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.
Spelman College