The progression of the civil rights movement is reflected in the high standards of education established by the (HBCUs) or historically black colleges and universities of Atlanta, Georgia. The past, present, and future of these illustrious institutions is a source of pride for many Atlantans. Morehouse, Spelman, Morris Brown, Clark Atlanta University, and the Interdenominational Theological Center have provided knowledge to some of the nation's best and brightest. Renowned activists and academics continue their work to ensure the legacy established by historically black colleges in Atlanta, Georgia continues.
Clark Atlanta University
Though the name has changed, Clark Atlanta University maintains its reputation for providing a rich education. As the largest of the United Negro College Fund institutions, the school has remained popular among students who are attracted to its history, urban campus, and multitude of student offerings.
Interdenominational Theological Center
The school of worship began in 1958 with a mission to "educate Christian leaders for ministry and service in the Church and the global community. The Interdenominational Theological Center educates and nurtures women and men who commit to and practice a liberating and transforming spirituality; academic discipline; religious, gender, and cultural diversity; and justice and peace."
The ideal of the "Morehouse Man" is one that the school continues to work hard to maintain—intelligent and well-spoken with an unparalleled work ethic. In addition to famous alumni—including Martin Luther King, Jr., Spike Lee, and Samuel L. Jackson—this distinguished institution is renowned for success rates in producing successful, intelligent, and ambitious graduates. The all-male school impresses its unrelenting standards on students, in hopes that they will strive for greatness.
As a historically black women's college, Spelman continues to garner national attention and respect as a premier liberal arts institution. Students and faculty alike cherish the Spelman experience for placing an emphasis on excellence, while maintaining a unique sense of sisterhood. Thanks to a wide spectrum of supporters—including the Cosbys, Oprah Winfrey, and community supporters —this school continues to shine for the stellar education and resources provided to its students.
Morris Brown College
Morris Brown distinguished itself as the first educational institution in Georgia that was solely funded by African Americans. Civil Rights activist Hosea Williams earned his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from this school. By enriching the background of a diverse student body, the school hopes to continue to serve the community.
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Vicki L. Crawford, director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, discusses the annual observances of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and Black History Month