|Motto||"I'll Find a Way or Make One" (Atlanta University); "Culture for Service" (Clark College)|
|Established||September 19, 1865|
|Affiliation||United Methodist Church|
|President||George T. French, Jr., Ph.D.|
|Students||3,920 (Fall 2019)|
|Campus||Urban, 126 acres (0.5 km2)|
|Newspaper||The CAU Panther|
|Colors||Red, Black, Gray|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II|
|Affiliations||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference|
Clark Atlanta University is a private Methodist historically black university in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded September 19, 1865, Clark Atlanta University is the first HBCU in the Southern United States. It was formed in 1988 with the consolidation of Clark College (founded in 1869) and Atlanta University (founded in 1865).
|1865||Atlanta University founded|
|1869||Clark University founded|
|1929||Atlanta University Center established|
|1940||Clark University renamed Clark College|
|1988||Atlanta University & Clark College consolidated, renamed Clark Atlanta University.|
Clark Atlanta University was formed by the consolidation of Atlanta University, the nations first HBCU in the South, and the nations first institution to award graduate degrees to African Americans, and Clark College, the nations first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African-American student population.
Atlanta University was founded September 19, 1865 by the American Missionary Association, with later assistance from the Freedmen's Bureau. Atlanta University was the first HBCU in the Southern United States, and the nation's oldest graduate institution serving a predominantly African-American student body. Atlanta University was established September 19, 1865; chartered October 17, 1867; offered first instruction at postsecondary level 1869; awarded its first six degrees (baccalaureate) June 1876. One woman earned a bachelors degree from Atlanta University between 1876 and 1895. Seven women received bachelor's degrees from Atlanta University between 1895 - 1900. In 1929-30, it began offering graduate education exclusively in various liberal arts areas, and in the social and natural forensics. It gradually added professional programs in social work, library science, and business administration. At this same time, Atlanta University affiliated with Morehouse College and Spelman College in a university plan known as the Atlanta University Center.
The campus was moved to its present site, and the modern organization of the Atlanta University Center emerged, with Clark College, Morris Brown College, and the Interdenominational Theological Center joining the affiliation later. The story of the Atlanta University over the next twenty years from 1930 includes many significant developments. Graduate Schools of Library Science, Education, and Business Administration were established in 1941, 1944, and 1946, respectively. The Atlanta School of Social Work, long associated with the university, gave up its charter in 1947 to become an integral part of the university. In 1957, the controlling Boards of the six institutions (Atlanta University; Clark, Morehouse, Morris Brown and Spelman Colleges; and Gammon Theological Seminary) ratified new Articles of Affiliation. The new contract created the Atlanta University Center. The influence of Atlanta University has been extended through professional journals and organizations, including Phylon, and through the work of Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois, a member of the center.
Clark University the nations first four-year liberal arts college to serve the African-American student population. Founded in 1869 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, which later became the United Methodist Church. Clark University was chartered and incorporated in 1877; offered first instructional at postsecondary level in 1879; awarded first degree (baccalaureate) 1880; became Clark College 1940. It was named for Bishop Davis Wasgatt Clark, who was the first President of the Freedman's Aid Society and became Bishop in 1864. A sparsely furnished room in Clark Chapel, a Methodist Episcopal church in Atlanta's Summerhill section, housed the first Clark College class. In 1871, the school relocated to a new site on the newly purchased Whitehall and McDaniel Street property. In 1877, the School was chartered as Clark University.
An early benefactor, Bishop Gilbert Haven, visualized Clark as the "university" of all the Methodist schools founded for the education of freedmen. After the school had changed locations several times, Bishop Haven, who succeeded Bishop Clark, was instrumental in acquiring 450 acres (1.8 km2) in South Atlanta, where in 1880 the school conferred its first degree. (The university relocated in 1883.) Also in 1883, Clark established a theology department. Named for Dr. Elijah H. Gammon, the Gammon School of Theology in 1888 became an independent theological seminary. It is part of the Interdenominational Theological Center.
All undergraduate students with under 58 credits hours are required to live on campus.
Clark Atlanta offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through the following schools:
Clark Atlanta is the most comprehensive institution in the Atlanta University Center offering over 40 degrees at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.
The Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program is a highly selective academic program established to provide a close-knit and uniquely stimulating community for high-achieving undergraduates at Clark Atlanta University.
All new undergraduate students are required to attend "CAU Experience", which is five days of events orchestrated to help them get better acquainted with the legacy, traditions, culture, and community of Clark Atlanta University. The preeminent scheduled event of "CAU Experience" is the formal induction ceremony where new undergraduate students are officially inducted as Clarkites. "CAU Experience" is mostly led by enthusiastic and trained student leaders known as "OGs" which is an abbreviation for Orientation Guides.
Clark Atlanta University, known athletically as the Panthers, competes within the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
All nine of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations have chapters established at Clark Atlanta University. Other Greek letter organizations registered on campus include Sigma Alpha Iota, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Tau Beta Sigma and Gamma Phi Delta.
|Alpha Phi Alpha||Alpha Phi ()||January 28, 1927||Active||Five-Time International Chapter of the Year|
|Alpha Kappa Alpha||Alpha Pi ()||May 21, 1930||Active||First undergraduate chapter chartered in South Atlantic Region|
|Kappa Alpha Psi||Gamma Kappa ()||November 23, 1948||Inactive||The chapter is under an involuntary "cease and desist" order|
|Omega Psi Phi||Beta Psi ()||December 22, 1923||Active||First fraternity chartered on the campus of Clark College|
|Delta Sigma Theta||Sigma (?)||May 6, 1931||Active||First and oldest chapter in the South|
|Phi Beta Sigma||Psi (?)||December 27, 1935||Active|
|Zeta Phi Beta||Psi (?)||January 17, 1931||Active|
|Sigma Gamma Rho||Phi (?)||1937||Active|
|Iota Phi Theta||Epsilon Beta ()||2000||Active|
The CAU Panther is the student newspaper.
CAU-TV is a public access channel licensed by Comcast to the university.
WSTU is the CAU student-run internet radio station.
This is a list of notable alumni which includes graduates, non-graduate former students, and current students of Atlanta University, Clark College, Clark University, and/or Clark Atlanta University. It does not include other notable persons who may have attended Clark Atlanta University as cross-registered students (credit as an alumnus is not given to Clark Atlanta University, which has spurred controversy over the school's cross-registration policies).
|Ralph Abernathy||1951||Civil rights activist|||
|Marvin S. Arrington, Sr.||1963||Politician and jurist|||
|Clarence Cooper||1964||Federal judge|||
|Brenda S. Banks||Archivist, Deputy Director of the Georgia Department of Archives and History and founder of Banks Archives Consultants|||
|Ajamu Baraka||Human Rights Activist & 2016 Green Party Vice Presidential Nominee|||
|Bryan Barber||1996||Director of the 2006 film Idlewild|||
|Hamilton Bohannon||songwriter and record producer, who was one of the leading figures in 1970s disco music|
|Joseph Bouie, Jr.||member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 97 in Orleans Parish since 2014; retired faculty member and administrator at Southern University at New Orleans, received Ph.D. from Clark Atlanta|||
|Aki Collins||1997||Assistant coach with the Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team|||
|Kenya Barris||1996||Creator and executive producer of ABC's Black-ish|||
|Marva Collins||1957||Educator; founder and director of the Westside Preparatory School in Chicago, Illinois|||
|Dewey W. Knight, Jr.||1957||first Black department director and the only black Deputy County Manager in Miami-Dade County|||
|Mary Frances Early||1957||First African-American graduate of the University of Georgia and its College of Education was renamed in her honor in 2020|||
|Wayman Carver||Composer; first person to use extensive use of the flute in jazz|
|N'Dea Davenport||Lead Singer of The Brand New Heavies|||
|Bryan-Michael Cox||Prolific record producer and songwriter|||
|Amanda Davis||News anchor at CBS 46 in Atlanta, Georgia|||
|DJ Drama||2000||Music producer|
|Henry O. Flipper||First black graduate of West Point|||
|C. Hartley Grattan||1923||Economist, historian|||
|Grace Towns Hamilton||1927||First African American woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly|||
|William Leo Hansberry||1921||Noted lecturer and scholar|||
|James A. Hefner||1962||Economist|
|Fletcher Henderson||1920||Pianist, band leader and composer|||
|New Jack||Professional wrestler|
|Alexander Jefferson||1942||Retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and a member of the Tuskegee Airmen|||
|Robert R. Jennings||President of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University|
|Henry C. "Hank" Johnson||1976||U.S. Congressman, Georgia 4th District|||
|James Weldon Johnson||1904||Noted author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter and civil rights activist. Writer of the poem Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing, widely known as the "Negro National Anthem".|||
|Otis Johnson||1969||Mayor of Savannah, Georgia|||
|Bomani Jones||2001||Sportswriter, Co-Host of Highly Questionable|
|Kenny Leon||1978||Tony Award winning Broadway and film director. Former artistic director of Atlanta's Alliance Theatre|||
|Lucy Craft Laney||Educator, opened the first school for black children in Augusta, Georgia in the late 19th century|
|Curtis Johnson||2008||former NFL linebacker|
|Walt Landers||former NFL player|
|Greg McCrary||former NFL tight end|
|Martha S. Lewis||Government official in New York City and state|||
|Evelyn G. Lowery||American civil rights activist and leader; marched in the historic Selma to Montgomery March|
|Mason "Mase" Durrell Bethea||Rapper|
|Mary Jackson McCrorey||educator, mission worker|||
|Isaiah DeQuincey Newman||state field director, South Carolina NAACP, first African American elected to the South Carolina Senate after Reconstruction|
|Major Owens||Librarian, U.S. Congressman (New York)|
|Dinah Watts Pace||1883||Educator|||
|Harry Pace||1903||African-American recording pioneer, founder of Black Swan Records, Insurance executive|||
|Duke Pearson||Jazz pianist and composer, producer for Blue Note Records|
|Eva Pigford||Model/actress; winner of America's Next Top Model Cycle 3|
|Rachel E. Pruden-Herndon||Municipal court judge and attorney; first African-American woman admitted to the Georgia Bar|||
|Nnegest Likke||Movie director and screenwriter|
|Lamont Robinson||2004||Illinois House 5th district State Representative|||
|Pernessa C. Seele||Immunologist and the CEO and founder of Balm in Gilead, Inc.|||
|Amy Sherald||1997||African-American artist that completed the official portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama|||
|C. Lamont Smith||Sports agent, the founder and president of All Pro Sports and Entertainment|
|Morris Stroud||1969||Former professional football player|
|Bazoline Estelle Usher||1906, 1937||Educator, Georgia Woman of Achievement|||
|Bobby Wilson||2004||Singer better known by his stage name Bobby V|
|Phuthuma Nhleko||CEO of the MTN Group|
|Jo Ann Robinson||1948||Civil rights activist|
|Walshy Fire||DJ, producer and member of Major Lazer|
|Horace T. Ward||Judge and first black student to legally challenge segregation in higher education in the Deep South|||
|Walter Francis White||1916||NAACP leader|
|Hosea Williams||Civil rights activist|||
|Madaline A. Williams||First black woman elected to the New Jersey state legislature|||
|Louis Tompkins Wright||First black surgeon to head the Department of Surgery at Harlem Hospital in New York City|||
|Richard R. Wright||1876||First black Paymaster in the U.S. Army and first president of Savannah State University Valedictorian at Atlanta University's first commencement ceremony in 1876.|||
|Ella Gaines Yates||First African-American director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System|
|Alfred Msezane||Physics Professor|||
|Ariel Serena Hedges Bowen||Music Professor|
|Enos Luther Brookes||Chemistry||Head of Science XDept.|||
|Carlton E. Brown||Administration||President Clark Atlanta University|
|Wayman Carver||Music||Jazz flute and saxophone player, Music Professor (1942-1967)|||
|Donda West||English||The mother of rapper Kanye West.|
|W.E.B. Du Bois||Sociology||Scholar, author, and civil rights activist|||
|Mary Frances Early||Music||The first African American graduate of the University of Georgia|||
|Robert D. Bullard||Sociology||Ware Professor of Sociology, Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center, and regarded by many as the "father of environmental justice."|||
|John Hope (educator)|||
|Virginia Lacy Jones||One of the first African-Americans to earn a PhD in the Library Sciences|
|Whitman Mayo||Drama Professor|
|Ira De Augustine Reid||Sociology||Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department; founding director of the People's College; editor of the journal Phylon: The Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture|
|Henry Ossawa Tanner||The first African American painter to gain international acclaim.|||
|J. Ernest Wilkins, Jr.||Mathematician and nuclear scientist|
|Whitney M. Young Jr.||Dean of Social Work, prior to becoming Executive Director of National Urban League|
|Shelby F. Lewis||Political science||twice Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences|||