Through Black self-help and the contributions of northern religious
societies and philanthropies, several colleges were founded
in Georgia, most of which now comprise the Atlanta University
Center (AUC): Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morris
Brown, and Spelman
College, and Interdenominational
Theological Center. The story of Black education tells
of the struggle to become literate, skilled, and enlightened
in a racist society. This exhibit focuses on the role families
played in this struggle at the Atlanta University Center.
The Center’s mission, in the broad sense, was to serve
families through education and training. Families sacrificed
in the face of great odds to educate their children generation
after generation. The Atlanta University motto, “I’ll
Find A Way or Make One,” captures the spirit of their struggle,
and speaks to the miracle of their achievement.