Spelman College’s newly renovated theater and performing arts center will be named after Spelman alumna, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and Morehouse College alum, Samuel L. Jackson. This honor comes as a result of both of their exceptional achievements not only during their college years, but their successful careers as well.
LaTanya is an actress and Tony Award Best Actress nominee who has been seen in “A Raisin in the Sun” and many other broadway performances. Samuel, known as one of the highest grossing actors, has been seen in over 100 films and has received numerous nominees for his acting roles.
Richardson Jackson and Jackson performed alongside one another with the Morehouse Spelman Players during the 70s on the Baldwin Burroughs Theatre stage in Spelman’s Rockefeller Fine Arts building. President of Spelman College, Mary Campbell Ph.D, commented on the news stating, ‘The love that both
LaTanya and Sam continue to exhibit for Spelman since their time on stage decades ago is heartwarming. We are grateful for their gift and that of the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, Bank of America and David Rockefeller Jr.’
Spelman College is a liberal arts college and is recognized as one of the leaders in the education of African American women. It is currently the nation’s leading producer of Black women who complete doctorate programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
Additionally, with newly added majors, students are now allowed to study documentary filmmaking and photography. Spelman has many successful and notable alumnae including political activist, Stacey Abrams, and Children’s Defense Fund founder, Marian Wright Edelman.