Spelman College is a four-year liberal arts women's college located 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 was the fourth historically black female institution of higher education to receive its collegiate charter in 1924. It thus holds the distinction of being one of America's oldest historically black colleges for women.

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  • Spelman College is a four-year liberal arts women's college located 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 was the fourth historically black female institution of higher education to receive its collegiate charter in 1924. It thus holds the distinction of being one of America's oldest historically black colleges for women. Spelman is ranked among the nation's top liberal arts colleges and #1 among historically black colleges in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. The college is also ranked among the top 50 four-year colleges and universities for producing Fulbright and Truman Scholars, and was ranked the second largest producer of African-American college graduates who attend medical school. Forbes ranks Spelman among the nation's top ten women's colleges. Spelman is ranked among the Best 373 Colleges and Universities in America by the Princeton Review. Spelman is consistently recognized as one of the top women's colleges in the nation. It has a longstanding relationship with all-male Morehouse College. In 1881, both Morehouse and Spelman students were studying in the basement of Atlanta's Friendship Baptist Church. Spelman is the alma mater of thousands of notable Americans including the CEO of Sam's Club and former Executive Vice President of Walmart Rosalind Brewer, Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker; former Dean of Harvard College Evelynn M. Hammonds, activist and Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, musician, activist & historian Bernice Johnson Reagon (who also founded Sweet Honey in the Rock), writer Pearl Cleage, TV personality Rolanda Watts, Opera star Mattiwilda Dobbs, actors LaTanya Richardson, Adrienne-Joi Johnson, Keshia Knight Pulliam and many other luminaries in the arts, education, sciences, business, and the armed forces. In 2013, Spelman College decided to drop varsity athletics and leave the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Using money originally budgeted to the sports programs, they created wellness programs available for all students. (en)
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  • Judge, United States District Court appointed by Barack Obama
  • Academic, civil rights activist, and school board official
  • Executive Vice President, Walmart Stores, Inc. and President Walmart Stores South, USA; Board of Directors, Lockheed Martin
  • "Barker's Beauty" on The Price Is Right
  • Novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and journalist
  • Educator, activist; the first African-American woman in the state of Florida to graduate from an accredited law school; Armwood High School in Tampa, FL is named in her honor
  • Aviation pioneer; first African-American female to obtain a commercial pilot license
  • Actress and wife of actor Samuel L. Jackson
  • Actress "House Party", "Baby Boy"
  • Actress and television personality
  • Actress, Good Times
  • American pianist and singer
  • Author of Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling
  • President Emerita of Spelman College, former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States, former Acting Surgeon General of the United States
  • Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Civil Rights activist, Executive Secretary of SNCC
  • Creator of the Little Bill character
  • Journalist, actor, writer, former talk show host
  • Author, Baby of the Family, Ugly Ways, The Hand I Fan With, and You Know Better
  • First female Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor at Harvard School of Public Health
  • Director, AirTran Airways; former Managing Partner of Diversity and Sr. Partner, Heidrick & Struggles and former Director of Presidential Personnel, at the White House for President Bill Clinton
  • Mother of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Past President, Jack and Jill (organization)
  • Author, feminist scholar, founder of Women's Research and Resource Center at Spelman College
  • Saxophonist, composer, and educator
  • Public speaker and educator who teaches at Spelman College, she is the eldest and only living sibling of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Began the tradition of Spelman missionary work to Africa
  • actress House of Payne
  • First African-American director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
  • Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist, The Color Purple
  • Dean of Harvard College, Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University
  • President, SCLC, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • First African-American female to obtain the rank of General in the United States Air Force
  • Chair, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and former National President of the YWCA
  • Author, When We Were Colored: A Mother's Story; Winner of the 2000 Golden Pen Lifetime Achievement Award, and author of more than 20 Romance novels
  • Miss Black America 1991, "TNA Knockout", and wife of professional wrestler Booker T
  • Founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock; MacArthur Fellow; Professor Emeritus American University Curator Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution National Museum American History; National Humanities Medal; Heinz Award
  • Co-anchor, Access Hollywood; former host, TV One Access
  • First African-American female mayor of Toledo, Ohio
  • Politician, House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District
  • Founder and first chairperson, National Council of Negro Women's National Library
  • Founder of the Children's Defense Fund; MacArthur Fellow; Heinz Award; Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Opera singer; served on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Opera and the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Trial attorney, military veteran and civil rights pioneer; landmark case: Sarah Keys v. Carolina Coach Company
  • Law professor, American University; appointed by Nancy Pelosi to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission
  • First African-American President of the American Library Association
  • Documentary filmmaker, Flag Wars; Peabody Award winner and 2004 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Founder first black Parent-Teacher organization, the National Congress for Colored Parents & Teachers; co-founder the National Parent-Teacher Association
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