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|Motto||"Our whole school for Christ"|
|Established||April 11, 1881|
|Type||Private, HBCU, women's college|
|President||Beverly Daniel Tatum|
|Colors||blue and white|
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 by U.S. News and World Reports. The college is ranked among the top 50 four-year colleges and universities for producing Fulbright Scholars, and was ranked the second largest producer of African-American college graduates who attend medical school. Forbes magazine ranks Spelman among the nation's top ten best women's colleges. Moreover, Spelman has been ranked the #1 regional college in the South by U.S. News and World Report and is ranked among the Best 373 Colleges and Universities in America by the Princeton Review.
The daughters of Bill Cosby, Henry Louis Gates, Gerald Levert, Martin Luther King, Jr., Morgan Freeman and Sidney Poitier attended Spelman. Spelman is also the alma mater of several notable Americans including the CEO of Sam's Club and former Executive Vice President of Walmart, Rosalind Brewer; Pulitzer Prize Winner, Alice Walker; Dean of Harvard College, Evelynn M. Hammonds; and actress, Keshia Knight Pulliam.
The Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary was established on April 11, 1881Oread Institute of Worcester, Massachusetts: Harriet E. Giles and Sophia B. Packard. Giles and Packard had met while Giles was a student, and Packard the preceptress, of the New Salem Academy in New Salem, Massachusetts, and fostered a lifelong friendship there. The two of them traveled to Atlanta specifically to found a school for black freedwomen, and found support from Frank Quarles, the pastor of Friendship Baptist Church.in the basement of Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, by two teachers from the
Giles and Packard began the school with 11 African-American women and $100 given to them by the First Baptist Church in Medford, Massachusetts., and a promise of further support from the Women's American Baptist Home Missionary Society (WABHMS), a group with which they were both affiliated in Boston. Although their first students were mostly illiterate, they envisioned their school to be a liberal arts institution - the first circular of the college stated that they planned to offer "algebra, physiology, essays, Latin, rhetoric, geometry, political economy, mental philosophy (psychology), chemistry, botany, Constitution of the United States, astronomy, zoology, geology, moral philosophy, and evidences of Christianity". Over time, they attracted more students; by the time the first term ended, they had enrolled 80 students in the seminary. The WABHMS made a down payment on a nine-acre (36,000 m²) site in Atlanta relatively close to the church they began in, which originally had five buildings left from a Union Civil War encampment, to support classroom and residence hall needs.
In 1882 the two women returned to Massachusetts to bid for more money and were introduced to wealthy Northern Baptist businessman John D. Rockefeller at a church conference in Ohio. Rockefeller was impressed by Packard's vision. In April 1884, Rockefeller visited the school. By this time, the seminary had 600 students and 16 faculty members. It was surviving on generous donations by the black community in Atlanta, the efforts of volunteer teachers, and gifts of supplies; many Atlanta black churches, philanthropists, and black community groups raised and donated money to settle the debt on the property that had been acquired. Rockefeller was so impressed that he settled the debt on the property. Rockefeller's wife, Laura Spelman Rockefeller; her sister, Lucy Spelman; and their parents, Harvey Buel and Lucy Henry Spelman, were also supportive of the school. The Spelmans were longtime activists in the abolitionist movement. Thus, in 1884 the name of the school was changed to the Spelman Seminary in honor of Laura Spelman, John D. Rockefeller's wife, and her parents - who were longtime activists in the anti-slavery movement. Rockefeller also donated the funds for what is currently the oldest building on campus, Rockefeller Hall, which was constructed in 1886.
Packard was appointed as Spelman's first president in 1888, after the charter for the seminary was granted. The first college degrees were awarded in 1901. Packard died in 1891, and Giles assumed the presidency until her death in 1909.
The years 1910 to 1953 saw great growth and transition for the seminary. Upon Giles' death, Lucy Hale Tapley became president. Although the college was a stride in and of itself, at the time, neither the founders nor the current administration had interest in challenging the status quo of young women as primarily responsible for the family and the home. Tapley declared: "Any course of study which fails to cultivate a taste and fitness for practical and efficient work in some part of the field of the world's needs is unpopular at Spelman and finds no place in our curriculum."  The nursing curriculum was strengthened; a teachers' dormitory and a home economics building were constructed, and Tapley Hall, the science building, was completed in 1925. The Granddaughters' Club, a club for students whose mothers and aunts had attended Spelman was also created, and this club is still in existence today.
In 1927, Spelman Seminary officially became Spelman College. Florence Matilda Read assumed the presidency in 1927. Shortly thereafter, Spelman entered into an "agreement of affiliation" with nearby Morehouse College and Atlanta University by chartering the Atlanta University Center in 1929. Atlanta University was to provide graduate education for students, whereas Morehouse and Spelman were responsible for the undergraduate education. At a time during which black students were often denied access to graduate student at predominant white southern research universities, access to Atlanta University allowed the undergraduate students at Morehouse and Spelman immediate access to graduate training.
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In 1927, one of the most important buildings on campus, Sisters Chapel, was dedicated. The chapel was named for its primary benefactors, sisters Laura Spelman Rockefeller and Lucy Maria Spelman. The college also began to see an improvement in extracurricular investment in the arts, with the organization of the Spelman College Glee Club, inauguration of the much-loved Atlanta tradition of the annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert and smaller events such as the spring orchestra and chorus concert, the Atlanta University Summer Theater, and the University Players, a drama organization for AUC students. The school also began to see more of a focus on collegiate education, as it discontinued its elementary and high school divisions. In 1930 the Spelman Nursery School as created as a training center for mothers and a practice arena for students who planned careers in education and child development. Spelman celebrated its 50th anniversary in April 1931. This milestone as accompanied by the construction of a university library that was shared amongst the Atlanta University Center institutions, and the center continues to share a library to this day.
The school continued to expand, building and acquiring more property to accommodate the growing student body. IN 1947, Spelman joined the list of "approved institutions" of the Association of American Universities. In 1953, Florence Read retired, and Albert E. Manley became the first black and first male president of college. Under his presidency and the presidency of his successor, Donald Stewart, Spelman saw significant growth. The college established its study abroad program, the Merrill Foreign Travel-Study Program. Stewart's administration tripled the college's endowment and oversaw the establishment of the Comprehensive Writing Program, an across-the-curriculum writing program that requires students to submit portfolios of their written work; the Ethel Waddell Githii College Honors Program; and the Women's Research and Resource Center. In 1958, the college received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
At this time, 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 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."
Stewart retired in 1986, and the following year, Johnnetta Betsch Cole became the first black female president of Spelman College. During this time, the college became noted for its commitment to community service and its ties to the local community. Cole also led the college's most successful capital campaign; between 1986 and 1996, the college raised $113.8 million, including a $20 million gift from Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille Hanks Cosby, whose daughter attended Spelman. In honor of this gift, the Cosby Academic Center was constructed.
In 1997, Cole stepped down and Audrey Forbes Manley became Spelman's first alumna president. After her retirement, in 2002, Beverly Daniel Tatum - the college's current president - took the post.
The Spelman campus consists of 26 buildings on 39 acres (160,000 m2) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Packard Hall, named for one of the founders, Sophia B. Packard. Packard was constructed in 1888 to contain extra residences for on-campus students. It remained a residence hall until 2003, when it was renovated as an administrative building. The building now houses the Office of Financial Aid, the Registrar, the Cashier, the Office of Student Accounts and the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management.
Giles Hall, named for one of the founders, Harriet E. Giles. Giles Hall was renovated in 1996 and currently houses the Departments of Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Education, Economics, and Art, as well as the Honors Program and the Learning Resources Center. It is also known amongst students for its "hellish staircase."
Morehouse-James Hall was completed in 1901, named for Henry L. Morehouse. It serves as a student residence hall. Until 2005 it served as a residence hall for upper-class students, but due to a large influx of first-year students that year, it served as a first-year residence hall.
MacVicar Hall was completed in 1901 and was originally the nursing school and clinical training office. It now houses the Women's Health Center, the Office of Counseling and Disability Services, and a small residence hall for the students who participate in Student Health Advocates and Peer Educators (SHAPE), a peer health education organization on campus. Reynolds Cottage, built in 1901 and remodeled in 1996, is the president's residence.
Bessie Strong Hall named after Elizabeth (Bessie) Rockefeller who married 1889 philosopher and psychologist Charles A. Strong, was constructed in 1917 and was renovated in 2003. It serves as a student residence for students in the WISDOM (Women In Spiritual Discernment of Ministry) program, and also houses the Dean of the chapel's office and prayer rooms. This residence hall was the main building used for the filming of the television series A Different World.
Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Building, completed in 1918, was originally intended as a facility to train home economics teachers. It is named after Laura Spelman Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller's wife, who was a primary contributor to Spelman. It now houses the Marian Wright Edelman Child Development Center, and also provides a student residence hall. It is typically referred to as "Laura Spelman" to avoid confusion with the many other buildings named after Rockefeller's relatives.
Sisters Chapel, completed and dedicated in 1927, contains an auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,050 and the Harreld James Organ, a three-manual Holtkamp organ of 53 ranks. This organ was installed in April 1968. In 1942 the Alumnae Association donated chimes for the Chapel, and in the fall of 2005 renovations were completed.
Read Hall, built in 1936, contains the gymnasium, the Department of Physical Education, a swimming pool and bowling alleys and dance studios. It was named for Spelman's fourth president, Florence Matilda Read.
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Hall (commonly called 'Abby' by students) was built in 1952 and serves as a freshman residence hall. The hall was named for Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, the wife of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Fine Arts Building was completed in 1964 and houses the Departments of Music and Drama.
Dorothy Shepard Manley Hall, was completed in 1964 and was named for Dorothy Manley, wife of President Albert Manley, who contributed heavily to the decorating of the building. It now serves as a first-year residence hall.
Howard-Harreld Hall was built in 1968 and was named to honor two alumnae. It now serves as a first-year residence hall.
Sally Sage McAlpin Hall serves as an upper-class residence hall and was named in honor of a former chair of the Board of Trustees.
The Albert E. Manley College Center houses the Alma Upshaw Dining Room, the Lawrence J. MacGregor Board Room, administrative and student government offices, the snack shop, the commuter student lounge, and two concourses—Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. Adjacent are the bookstore and the mail center.
The Donald and Isabel Stewart Living-Learning Center opened in the fall of 1983. In addition to housing 198 students from all classes, the building includes a large meeting room and quarters for visiting lecturers, scholars, and artists.
The Johnnetta B. Cole Living-Learning Center II opened September 1, 1989. The Center houses 200 students and provides conference facilities for on-campus and off-campus organizations, as well as houses the Offices of Housing and Residential Life and Continuing Education.
The Camille O. Hanks Cosby Academic Center, dedicated in February 1996, was made possible by a $20 million grant from Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby. This building houses the Departments of History, English, Religion & Philosophy, and World Languages and Literature. The center also houses the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the College Archives, an auditorium, the writing center, the Women's Research and Resource Center, reading rooms and a language resource center.
The Albro-Falconer-Manley Science Center was completed in 2000. This building houses the Departments of Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Environmental Science as well as the Dual-Degree Engineering Program and the Office of Science, Engineering, and Technology Careers. It has a large auditorium donated by NASA. The "Science Center" also is a general term used to encompass Tapley Hall and the Academic Computing Center, both which predate the actual Science Center but are now connected to it by a series of breezeways.
In 2005, Spelman acquired the Milligan Building, an administrative building that previously housed the Atlanta University Center offices but now houses Spelman's Department of Career Services and the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning. Spelman received a $10 million grant from Lehman Brothers in the fall of 2007 to establish an international business and global economics program, including a full service Chinese language program, at the college, and these programs are expected to be housed in the Milligan Building. Spelman shares the Robert W. Woodruff Library with the other Atlanta University Center institutions.
In 2008 Spelman completed the construction of a "green" residence hall behind the Living-Learning Center I. The residence hall has suite-style accommodations for upper-class students, including a second dining hall and a parking deck on the ground floor and is for now referred to as The Suites. Spelman's gates have been extended to encircle the new residence hall and the Milligan Building. The hall began housing students in the fall of 2008. In the fall of 2009 the Suites received a Silver LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council.
Buildings no longer on campus
- Chadwick Hall, originally a student residence hall (removed in 1986)
- Morgan Hall, the student center and dining hall (destroyed by fire in 1970)
- Upton Hall, an administrative building (removed in 2004)
Spelman ranks 59th in the 2011 U.S. News and World Report ranking of America's Best Liberal Colleges. Spelman has amassed an endowment fund of over $291 million, and was ranked 68th in the 2010 U.S. News and World Report ranking of all U.S. liberal arts colleges. The 2009 U.S. News and World Report also ranked Spelman first among Historically Black Colleges and/or Universities. lll
Spelman is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Spelman is a member of the Coalition of Women's Colleges, National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, The College Fund/UNCF, National Association for College Admissions Counseling, and State of Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC).
Spelman offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in the following majors: Art, Child Development, Comparative Women's Studies, Drama & Dance, Economics, English, Foreign Languages (French and Spanish), History, Human Services, Independent Major, International Studies, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Sociology and Anthropology.
Spelman offer a Bachelor of Science degree in the following majors: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Dual Degree Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Physics.
Spelman has a four-year graduation rate of 61%, a five-year graduation rate of 73% and a six-year graduation rate of 74%. It has a student:faculty ratio of 12:1.
Students are all women and 91% African-American. Thirty percent come from Georgia, 69% from the rest of the United States, and 1% is international. Of the incoming class, 99% applied for need-based financial aid, and such aid was awarded to 97% of the freshman class. In 2007-08, a total of $44,399,221 in financial aid was awarded.
Spelman offers organized and informal activities including 82 student organizations including community service organizations, choral groups, music ensembles, dance groups, drama/theater groups, a jazz band, varsity, club, and intramural sports, and student government.
Registered honor societies include Alpha Epsilon Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Kappa Chi, Golden Key International Honour Society, Kappa Delta Epsilon Society, Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, Psi Chi, Sigma Tau Delta, and the Upsilon Pi Epsilon.
Student publications and media
Spelman offers a literary magazine (Aunt Chloe: A Journal of Candor), a student newspaper (Spelman Spotlight) and student government association newsletter (Jaguar Print). The yearbook is called Reflections.
Religious organizations currently registered on campus include Baha'i Club, Al-Nissa, Alabaster Box, Atlanta Adventist Collegiate Society, Campus Crusade for Christ, Crossfire International Campus Ministry, Happiness In Praise for His Overflowing Presence, Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship, Movements of Praise Dance Team, The Newman Organization, The Outlet, and The Pre-Theology Society Minority.
NAACP and Sister Steps are registered campus organizations. Spelman also has chapters of Colleges Against Cancer, Circle K, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, National Council of Negro Women, National Society of Black Engineers, Operation Smile, United Way, and Young Democrats of America. Spelman is also the first HBCU to charter a chapter of Amnesty International on its campus.
Spelman has all four National Pan-Hellenic Council sororities on campus: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho. In addition, Spelman has a chapter of the Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority and a chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma, a national service sorority.
Spelman College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Jaguars are a member of the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC). Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.
On November 1, 2012, Spelman College announced that they will be dropping all intercollegiate sports at the end of the 2012-13 academic year due to financial and logistics problems.
This is a list of notable alumnae which includes graduates, non-graduate former students, and current students of Spelman College.
See also Category: Spelman College alumni
|Tina McElroy Ansa||1971||author, Baby of the Family, Ugly Ways, The Hand I Fan With, and You Know Better|||
|Blanche Armwood||1906||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|
|Angela M. Banks||1992||Professor of Law William & Mary Law School, noted immigration law expert|
|Mary Barksdale||1942||Past President, Jack and Jill (organization)|
|J. Veronica Biggins||1968||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|
|Traci Lynn Blackwell||1990||Vice President of Current Programming, the CW Television Network|
|Janet Bragg||1931||Aviation pioneer; first African-American female to obtain a commercial pilot license|
|Aurelia Brazeal||1965||United States Ambassador to Ethiopia and Kenya|||
|Rosalind G. Brewer||1984||Executive Vice President, Walmart Stores, Inc. and President Walmart Stores South, USA; Board of Directors, Lockheed Martin|
|Linda Goode Bryant||1981||Documentary filmmaker, Flag Wars; Peabody Award winner and 2004 Guggenheim Fellow|
|Selena Sloan Butler||1888||founder first black Parent-Teacher organization, the National Congress for Colored Parents & Teachers; co-founder the National Parent-Teacher Association|
|Pearl Cleage||1971||novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and journalist|||
|Betty Davis||meteorologist, formerly of The Weather Channel|
|Cassi Davis||1988||actress House of Payne||0|
|Renita Barge Clark, M.D.||1988||Notable physician in Detroit, MI; Founder and President, Cotillion Society of Detroit|
|Kimberly B. Davis||1981||President, JP Morgan Chase Foundation|
|Ruth A. Davis||1966||24th Director General of the United States Foreign Service; Director, Foreign Service Institute and two-time recipient of the President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service|
|Phire Dawson||2008||"Barker's Beauty" on The Price is Right|
|Jerri DeVard||1979||Chief marketing officer, Nokia and former Chief Marketing Officer at Citigroup|
|Dazon Dixon Diallo||Founder/CEO SisterLove, Inc.|
|Mattiwilda Dobbs||1937||opera singer; she served on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Opera and the National Endowment for the Arts|||
|Marian Wright Edelman||1960||the founder of the Children's Defense Fund; MacArthur Fellow; Heinz Award; Presidential Medal of Freedom|||
|Mary McKinney Edmonds||1953||Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Emeritus at Stanford University|
|Christine King Farris||1948||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.|
|Virginia Davis Floyd||1973||Vice President of PROMETRA International and Executive Director of PROMETRA USA|||
|Mary A. Gordon||1986||Vice President of Manufacturing U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company; former V.P. of Manufacturing, Philip Morris|
|Sheryl Riley Gripper||1972||four-time Emmy Award winner and founder of the Black Women Film Network|
|Tia Fuller||1998||saxophonist, composer, and educator|
|Evelynn M. Hammonds||1976||Dean of Harvard College, Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University|
|Marcelite J. Harris||1964||first African-American female to obtain the rank of General in the United States Air Force|
|Celeste Watkins-Hayes||1996||Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University, Vice Chair and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of African American Studies|
|Varnette Honeywood||1972||creator of the Little Bill character|||
|Alexine Clement Jackson||1956||Chair, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and former National President of the YWCA|
|Yvonne R. Jackson||1970||former Chief human resources officer at three Fortune 500 companies: Pfizer, Inc., Compaq Computer Corporation, and Burger King Corporation|
|Adrienne-Joi Johnson||1988||actress Baby Boy|
|Clara Stanton Jones||1934||First African American President of the American Library Association|
|Tayari Jones||1991||author of Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling|
|Alberta Williams King||(high school)||mother of Martin Luther King, Jr.|
|Bernice King||1986||President, SCLC, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.|
|Audrey F. Manley||1955||president emerita of Spelman College and former Acting Surgeon General of the United States|
|Kathleen McGee-Anderson||1972||television producer and playwright (Soul Food, Lincoln Heights, Touched by an Angel, Any Day Now)|
|Tanya Walton Pratt||1981||Judge, United States District Court appointed by Barack Obama|
|Rubye Robinson||1963||Civil Rights activist, Executive Secretary of SNCC|
|Beverly Guy-Sheftall||author, feminist scholar, founder of Women's Research and Resource Center at Spelman College|
|Deborah Prothrow-Stith||1975||first female Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor at Harvard School of Public Health|||
|Keshia Knight Pulliam||2001||Actress The Cosby Show, House of Payne|
|Tanika Ray||1994||Actress & television personality|
|Bernice Johnson Reagon||1970||founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock; MacArthur Fellow; Professor Emeritus American University Curator Emeritus, Smithsonian Institute National Museum American History; National Humanities Medal; Heinz Award|||
|LaTanya Richardson||1971||Actress (The Fighting Temptations) and wife of actor Samuel L. Jackson|||
|Esther Rolle||c.1942||Actress, Good Times|
|Shaun Robinson||1984||Co-anchor, Access Hollywood; former host, TV One Access|
|Noliwe Rooks||1987||Professor, Princeton University; author, Hair Raising|
|Dovey Johnson Roundtree||1937||Trial attorney, military veteran and civil rights pioneer; landmark case: Sarah Keys v. Carolina Coach Company|
|Eva Rutland||1937||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|
|Brenda V. Smith||1980||law professor, American University; appointed by Nancy Pelosi to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission|
|Sharmell Sullivan||1990||Miss Black America 1991, "TNA Knockout", and wife of professional wrestler Booker T|
|Sue Bailey Thurman||1920||founder and first chairperson, National Council of Negro Women's National Library|
|Danica Tisdale||2001||Miss Georgia 2004 (first African-American to hold the title)|
|Alice Walker||c.1965||Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, The Color Purple|||
|Rolonda Watts||1980||journalist, actor, writer, former talk show host|
|Elynor A. Williams||1966||Vice President of Public Responsibility at Sara Lee Corporation; named among the Top 50 Black Executives by Ebony Magazine|
|Ella Gaines Yates||1949||first African American director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System|
This list of notable faculty and staff contains current and former faculty, staff and presidents of the Spelman College.
|Toni Cade Bambara||Author|
|Jelani Cobb||Author and Journalist|
|Etta Zuber Falconer||Mathematician|
|Shirley Franklin||First female mayor of Atlanta, First black female mayor of a major southern city|
|Gloria Wade Gayles||Author and Founder of SIS Oral History Project|
|Beverly Guy-Sheftall||Author, feminist scholar, founder of Women's Research and Resource Center at Spelman College|
|M. Bahati Kuumba||Author, Feminist, Activist|
|Staughton Lynd||Historian, activist, and attorney|
|Audrey F. Manley||President Emerita of Spelman College, former Acting Surgeon General of the United States, former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States|
|Ruby-Doris Smith Robinson||Civil rights activist, SNCC Executive Secretary|
|Howard Zinn||Historian and civil rights activist|
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