A four-year liberal arts women’s college, Spelman is located in Atlanta, Georgia and is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium. Spelman was founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary by Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles and officially became Spelman College in 1924. The origin of the name “Spelman”, however, comes from Mrs. Laura Spelman Rockefeller and her parents, longtime activists in the antislavery movement. Many of Spelman’s students participated in fighting for civil rights, including Alice Walker and Marian Wright Edelman.
Notable Alumni Include: Janet Bragg, aviation pioneer; Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr; and actress Esther Rolle.