Friday, September 20, 2013

What Does Keisha Knight Pulliam, Bernice King, and Esther Rolle Have in Common?

They’re all Lady Jaguars!

I don’t know about you, but I love learning about graduates of women’s colleges. So when I recently came across this online post, “Lady Jaguars: 10 Famous Women Who Attended Spelman College” I knew I had to share it here. While there are many more wonderful women who have graduated from Spelman College, this particular list includes:

Keisha Knight Pulliam
“The House of Payne actress graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2001. While attending Spelman, she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. In 2011, she founded Kamp Kizzy at Spelman College, as a means for empowering young girls.”

Bernice King
“The youngest child of the late Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice is an ordained minister. She graduated in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and passed the State Bar of Georgia. In 2007, she returned to Spelman to announce the “Be A King” scholarship in honor of her late mother, Coretta Scott King.”

Esther Rolle
“Famous for her roles in popular ’70s shows like Maude and Good Times, Esther attended Spelman in the early ’40s. She was also a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority.”

From Wikipedia:
“Spelman College is a four-year liberal arts women's college located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta. Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman was the fourth historically black female institution of higher education to receive its collegiate charter in 1924. It thus holds the distinction of being one of America's oldest historically black colleges for women.

Spelman is ranked among the nation's top liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Reports. The college is ranked among the top 50 four-year colleges and universities for producing Fulbright Scholars, and was ranked the second largest producer of African-American college graduates who attend medical school. Forbes magazine ranks Spelman among the nation's top ten best women's colleges. Moreover, Spelman has been ranked the #1 regional college in the South by U.S. News and World Report and is ranked among the Best 373 Colleges and Universities in America by the Princeton Review.

The daughters of Bill Cosby, Henry Louis Gates, Gerald Levert, Martin Luther King, Jr., Morgan Freeman and Sidney Poitier attended Spelman. Spelman is also the alma mater of several notable Americans including the CEO of Sam's Club and former Executive Vice President of Walmart, Rosalind Brewer; Pulitzer Prize Winner, Alice Walker; Dean of Harvard College, Evelynn M. Hammonds; and actress, Keshia Knight Pulliam.”

Learn more about Spelman by visiting their Web site.

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