March 28, 2015 |
Mary Schmidt Campbell graduated from Girls High in Philadelphia in 1965 with the confidence that she could make a difference. And she has. The art history and humanities scholar transformed the Studio Museum in Harlem from a rented loft over a liquor store into the country's first accredited black fine arts museum. She ran the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University for more than two decades. She currently serves as vice chair of a U.S. presidential committee seeking to elevate the importance of art in public schools.
March 31, 2015
In a Sunday article on the new president at Spelman College, The Inquirer incorrectly said author Alice Walker graduated from Spelman. She attended Spelman but graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.
February 7, 2014 |
PBS's new literary documentary, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth , which premieres Friday at 9 p.m. on WHYY TV12, opens with a series of nature shots - a serene landscape, water, trees, close-ups of tall, wild grass. It's a cliched bit of hokum, easily dismissible. Yet it fascinates, arrests, and draws in the viewer with its voice-over. As the first image appears, so rise the unique timbre and rhythms of Walker's voice as she recites a verse. "I am the woman: Dark, / repaired, healed /Listening to you," the Pulitzer-winning author of The Color Purple reads from her poem "Remember?"
September 27, 1987 |
The newly appointed president of Spelman College vowed yesterday to expand the mission of the historically black women's college in Atlanta to turn out graduates for leadership positions around the world, not just leadership in the United States. "There is no reason in the world that the secretary of state of Zimbabwe should not be a Spelman alumna," said Johnetta B. Cole at a noontime gathering of more than 100 Spelman graduates from the Philadelphia area. "The United States is not big enough for Spelman College any longer.
November 14, 1988 |
In Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and practically everywhere last week, nearly everybody was talking about Bill Cosby. But this time people weren't discussing the newest episode of The Cosby Show in which the popular comedian plays the leader of the Huxtable clan. Instead, people were talking about the real-life philanthropic gift of Camille and Bill Cosby. The wealthy couple bestowed a $20 million gift upon Spelman College, an elite, historically black college for women in Atlanta.
March 5, 1997 |
The gifts keep coming. In 1988, Bill and Camille Cosby gave $20 million to Spelman College in Atlanta. In 1996, Florida lawyer Willie E. Gary gave $10 million to Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., and Michael Jordan and his mother, Deloris, put up $1 million for the Jordan Institute for Families at the University of North Carolina. Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Warren Moon and many other entertainers and athletes have set up philanthropic funds in recent years. There is no question that big-ticket giving by African Americans is now a significant force in the United States.
November 21, 1995 |
Questioning the validity of the will of Selma Burke, a nationally known sculptor who died in August, a friend, a goddaughter and a distant relative have challenged it in Bucks County Court. In the legal appeal filed last week, the three doubt whether Burke, who was 94 when she died, was mentally sound when the will was drawn up. The appeal also focuses on an illegible signature and claims a lawyer pressured Burke to change the will. Mildred White, a longtime friend of Burke's; Sharon Mickey, a goddaughter; and Jennifer Aaron, a great-niece, allege that Burke's will - prepared two months before her death - is invalid.
November 9, 1988 |
Peter Liacouras, president of Temple University, yesterday hailed Bill and Camille Cosby's $20 million gift to Spelman College in Atlanta as "an absolutely wonderful event. " Cosby is a Temple graduate and serves on the university's board of trustees. In 1986, Bell of Pennsylvania and General Foods Corp. each gave Temple $50,000 in scholarship funds in the Cosbys' name. Cosby is a Conwell Fellow at Temple, which means he has personally donated in excess of $10,000 to the school.
April 20, 1991 |
Dorothy D. Hankins, 73, of West Philadelphia, a businesswoman who was the widow of State Sen. Freeman Hankins, died Tuesday at Temple University Hospital. Born in Gainesville, Fla., Mrs. Hankins attended the school now known as Spelman College in Atlanta. She received her bachelor's degree in physical education from Talladega College in Talladega, Ala. She taught high school physical education in Georgia before she married Hankins in 1939. He represented West Philadelphia in the state legislature for nearly 28 years before he retired in 1988.