29 Historic Places For Black History Month: Clark-Atlanta

Clark-Atlanta University

February 23rd, 2016


why was it historic? 

    >      Though 1988 is the official start of the merger between Atlanta University & Clark College, the roots to this college are much deeper. Beginning in 1864 with Atlanta University, the first College to offer College Degrees to African American Majority. Founded by the American Missionary Association, an Abolitionist group made up of Blacks and Whites in 1846, in Albany, NY. their focus was to help Abolish Slavery as well Educate African Americans as well as many other social injustices. Clark College was founded in 1869 by Freedmen’s Aid Society, was another group founded in the north by way of the Methodist Church system. Their Aim was Education & organizing teachers from the North to the South. To teach the majority newly freed African Americans literacy.

    >       Both Colleges would excel in their goal of educating a school majority African American Men & Women, these schools were coed unlike Morehouse (Boys only) & Spelman (Girls only). With both schools in such close proximity the idea was brought up of a merger. Resulting in both schools joining forces in 1988 with support from the United Negro College Fund both schools merged. They formed Clark Atlanta University, which stands today as the Biggest Privated owned, not for Profit coed College in the United Negro College Fund system. Along with Morehouse College, Morehouse School of medicine & Spelman College this group of 4 schools combine to form the Nationally Recognized Atlanta University Center Consortium. 

Location: 223 James P. Brawley Dr, SW Atlanta, GA 30314

Then Photo:

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Atlanta University late 1800’s

Now Photo:


Clark Atlanta University, Present Day.


>          So now you young ins have a better reason to go the ATL, not just to turn up but to learn something. I knew that there were a lot of Historically Black Colleges peppered throughout the country. But knowing a little more about the history of some of them makes it even more incredible. Just remember Historically Black College doesn’t mean Blacks Only College, all are welcomed. Some people may take that and run with it.



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