Saturday, September 25, 2021
Clark Atlanta University was formed with the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African-Americans. Clark College, established four years later in 1869, was the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African-American student population.
Today, with nearly 4,000 students, CAU is the largest of the four institutions (CAU, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Morehouse School of Medicine) that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium. It is also the largest of the 37 -member UNCF institutions. Noteworthy alumni of CAU includes ‘Black-ish’ and 'Coming to America 2’ writer Kenya Barris, sports journalist Bomani Jones,
and A&R of Atlantic Records DJ Drama.