clark atlanta boasts a student population representing some of the most amazing and talented
all of these alumni are making a difference! see how cau made a difference in their lives!
kevin y. brown
author, entrepreneur and clothing designer
"i grew up in one of the worst neighborhoods in northern california and spent 17 years in the foster care system. the love and support i received there from friends, mentors and at cau made me believe in myself and my goals. when i graduated--with zero college debt, by the way--i had grown from an 18-year-old kid, into a well-traveled man of the world.
a lot of people expected me to be kicked out of college in the first two weeks. but my experiences at cau, from playing on the men's basketball team to a semester in london, turned out to be some of the best years of my life!"
alexander b. cummings, jr.
executive vice president and chief administrative officer
the coca-cola company
“people often ask if i know coca-cola’s secret formula. i tell them my role is to perpetuate our secret for success, pursuing excellence worldwide from start to finish..and we are never finished. clark atlanta reinforced that ethic into my consciousness.
cau afforded me two of the most precious, irreplaceable gifts in my life. cau provided me with a first-rate business education and the confidence to compete successfully in corporate environments around the world. i also met my lifetime partner, my wife teresa (cc, '78; au, '82), there.
we are both proud alumni!”
cnn international desk assignment editor
and world sports editor
"being a student at clark atlanta was like being a student of the world. i was exposed to global issues and ideas, but more
jasmine nicole franklin
honor graduate in psychology, middle school science teacher
“college is an investment, one of the most important investments you’re going to make in your life. so it makes sense not only to select an institution where you fit in, but you want to also pick the school that’s going to ensure you the greatest success when you get out. i found both at cau. as a first-generation college student, i found my own voice. i found a family environment that nurtured and challenged me at the same time. i found a network of people willing to mentor and guide me toward opportunities that made a difference in my personal and professional choices, and i found alumni who were even more excited about my success than i was. that’s what you will find at cau!”
dr. eleanor and mr. lyle gittens
retired educator and civil servant; major donors
and model legacy alumni
“we met there and have had 72 years of marriage and family, and of course it all started at the university! clark has a history of developing raw talent, and we're interested in giving...kids the kind of benefit we got. if alumni do not give to the university, it may not be able to continue. nobody wants to be a graduate of a school that no longer exists.”
cynthia bond hopson, ph.d.
assistant general secretary,
black college fund and
ethnic concerns -
united methodist church
“college educators treated me like i was smart and expected me to excel
the honorable hank johnson
u.s. representative for georgia's fourth district
“i graduated out of the
vice president for development
united negro college fund
“before coming to clark atlanta, i attended a large state university. i honestly felt like a number, a statistic. but when i enrolled in cau, people knew me immediately, not just as a number, but
pernessa c. seele
founder and ceo, a balm in gilead
recognized by time 100 as one of the world's
most important people
“i treasure my days on cau's campus! i remember sitting outside of pfeiffer hall with students and my dorm mother...singing and laughing and dreaming about what we would become. but what i remember even more is that the professors were very clear that if they had a hand in your life, you were going to be somebody. they raised us up to be somebody.”
president - young democrats
of prince georges county;
vice president - young democrats
“i went on two east coast hbcu college tours my senior year in high school. when i arrived in the atlanta university center, only one school stood out, clark atlanta. the other schools were a little bland, but when i stepped onto cau's campus, it was vibrant and full of excitement. students were moving around campus and interacting with each other. i just fell in love with the atmosphere. by my senior year, i was immersed in campus government. i could have meaningful conversations with the president and the university's general counsel
public relations executive and
“i've worked with lots of well-known brands--from natalie