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March 28, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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September 27, 1987 | By Huntly Collins, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 14, 1988 | By CLAUDE LEWIS
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.
LIVING
March 5, 1997 | By Stephan Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 21, 1995 | By Russell Gold, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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November 9, 1988 | By John Corr, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 20, 1991 | By Ralph Cipriano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 16, 1998 | By Andy Wallace, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Yasmin Reina Williams Cooper, 32, a native Philadelphian who moved to Florida six years ago and became a newspaper publisher, died Thursday at the home of a friend in West Palm Beach, Fla. Mrs. Cooper, who had multiple sclerosis, was on the way to pick up her son from school when she began feeling sick and stopped at the friend's house. There, she suffered a seizure and went into cardiac arrest. She was a 1989 graduate of Drexel University, where she majored in business administration.
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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.
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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 serves as vice chair of a U.S. presidential committee seeking to elevate the importance of art in public schools.
NEWS
May 13, 2014
D ANIELLE JETER, 25, of Willingboro, N.J., is CEO of Affairs of Isis, a full-service event-production and public-relations firm in North Philadelphia. Jeter founded the company in 2009 while a student at Spelman College in Atlanta. A founding member of Impact Hub, a membership-based co-working space on 4th Street above Girard, she's the African-American Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Young Professional of the Year. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Affairs of Isis? A: When I got to Spelman, I worked with some event planners who did stuff for the college and I thought there might be an opportunity for me to start my own company, which I did before my senior year.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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?"
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July 3, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
MEMBERS OF Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia recalled their old pastor, the former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, as a passionate and caring leader outside a prayer vigil held there in his honor last night. "He was a great guy, a family man, a man of God," said longtime member Angela Saulsby Sharpe, who credited Gray with persuading her mother to let her attend Spelman College in Atlanta. "Whatever you asked him to do, he went over and beyond the call of duty to do. " Gray, who succeeded his father as pastor in 1972 and served in that capacity until retiring in 2007, died suddenly Monday while attending tennis matches with his family at Wimbledon in London.
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June 29, 2002 | By Benjamin Y. Lowe INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jennifer Rowe knew that making the transition from a small college in Nashville to a graduate mathematics program at the University of Kentucky would be tough. That is why she took a detour this summer to Bryn Mawr College. At Belmont University, said Rowe, 22, "I was the only math major out of 400 students" in the graduating class. Now, she's worried about graduate school, where she wants to get the doctorate she'll need to become a college professor. She's hoping that the EDGE program will smooth her path.
NEWS
December 16, 1998 | By Andy Wallace, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Yasmin Reina Williams Cooper, 32, a native Philadelphian who moved to Florida six years ago and became a newspaper publisher, died Thursday at the home of a friend in West Palm Beach, Fla. Mrs. Cooper, who had multiple sclerosis, was on the way to pick up her son from school when she began feeling sick and stopped at the friend's house. There, she suffered a seizure and went into cardiac arrest. She was a 1989 graduate of Drexel University, where she majored in business administration.
NEWS
June 8, 1998 | By Ambre S. Brown, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Johnetta B. Cole had a take-home exercise in mind for the women attending the African American Women on Tour conference over the weekend. "The first assignment is to study yourself," said Cole, the former president of Spelman College in Atlanta. "And you cannot know yourself unless you know folks like you. And ultimately, you don't know yourself unless you know folks not like you. " Cole was one of three keynote speakers when the AAWOT swung through Philadelphia over the weekend attempting to empower African American women with tips on financial planning, health and beauty, communication skills, and stress management.
NEWS
March 11, 1997 | by Kevin Haney, Daily News Staff Writer
Bill Cosby doesn't forget his roots. The Philadelphia native has donated $25,000 to the FitzSimons Middle School in North Philadelphia, which Cosby attended in the 1950s. The Board of Education officially accepted the donation yesterday. Cosby made the donation in memory of his son, Ennis, 27, who was found shot to death Jan. 16 near a California freeway off-ramp. The murder remains unsolved. Anita Williams, a School District administrator, said Cosby's agent called shortly before Ennis Cosby's murder to let the school know he wanted to make a donation.
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