Congratulations to Spelman College Class of 2013 salutatorian Shay Johnson, a political science major with a Spanish minor
American lawyer and civil rights activist who founded the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973. Edelman attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga. (B.A., 1960), and the Yale University Law School (LL.B., 1963). After work registering African-American voters in Mississippi, she moved to New York City as a staff attorney for the Legal Defense and Educational Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Pearl Cleage (born December 7, 1948) is an African-American author whose work, both fiction and non-fiction, has been widely recognized. Her novel, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day was a 1998 Oprah’s Book Club selection. Cleage is known for her feminist views, particularly regarding her identity as an African-American woman. Cleage currently teaches drama at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Spelman History is Black History: Patricia Roberts Harris with Spelman College President Donald Stewart at Commencement 1977, where she received an honorary doctorate. Appointed secretary of housing and urban development (HUD) by President Jimmy Carter, Harris was the first Black woman to be appointed to a U.S. President's Cabinet.
Spelman College has dropped NCAA athletics in favor of a comprehensive fitness program. The school now offers classes like Zumba to help encourage all students to exercise more.
Major General Marcelite J. Harris (1st African American female general in the U.S. Air Force) A Spelman College alum, General Harris was commissioned through OTS, Lackland Air Force Base, in 1965. She held a variety of assignments while in the Air Force, was pinned as a Brigadier General in 1991. General Harris retired from military service in 1997 as the highest ranking female officer in the Air Force and the nation’s highest ranking African American woman in the Department of Defense.
Dr. Georgia Rooks Dwelle (1884-1977) the daughter of a slave, was the first Spelman College graduate to attend medical school ultimately graduate with honors from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. Upon moving back to Atlanta she opened the Dwelle Infirmary, which was the first general hospital for African-Americans, the first "lying-in" obstetrical hospital for African-American women.