What Are People of Faith To Do?

Wednesday, January 6, 2021, was a sad day for Americans and for America’s democratic values. An angry mob of domestic terrorists -- emboldened anarchists -- sieged the U.S. Capitol waving flags and symbols of white supremacy. It was a treasonous act, the culmination and manifestation of four years of racist rhetoric and reckless leadership reaching its zenith in abuse of power.

And yet, the day before, in the deep south of Republican conservatism, Georgians elected a Black Baptist pastor and a Jewish citizen, both from the spiritual home of Martin Luther King, to the U.S. Senate. Many persons of faith, Black and White, and particularly women, worked tirelessly to elect Reverend Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff to the U.S. Senate to follow in the path of Congressman John Lewis.

These results, alongside of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, suggest divine providence is at work to bring the power of love and justice to bear on the nation’s politics.

Christian faith calls us to more.

Our faith calls us to a discipleship on the behalf of God’s justice for the common good, standing for the integrity of God’s creation and the dignity of all life. This moment calls us to renewal of faith in God’s reign of love and justice, and to put that faith on the front line to fight against all forms of hate, incivility, racism, and oppression. It is a moment to trust in God’s purpose with all our hearts and lean not to our own biases and limited understandings, but in all the ways of love and compassion allow God to direct our paths toward beloved community.


Spring Convocation

The Spring Convocation will be Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 5 p.m. by Zoom. Our theme is Calm in the Midst of a Storm, featuring co-speakers: Rev. Davie Tucker, director of the Thriving Initiative with the Lilly Grant and pastor of Beech Creek Baptist Church, and Rev. Vahisha Hasan, director of Seal Initiatives.

The program will be delivered through a webinar format and the log in information will be delivered through campus emails. Learn how SEAL (Social Justice, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership) can bring calm in the midst of a storm. 

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FASFA Deadlines Approaching

Don't delay! File your 2021-2022 FAFSA today! The State of Tennessee priority deadline is February 1, 2021. For any students who need assistance, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at

Please note: The American Baptist College Federal Code number is 010460.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance

Created to honor the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., MLK Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January (this year it is January 18th). There are many celebrations taking place in Nashville, beginning today through January 21. Some notable celebrations include: 

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Febbie Dickerson Announces New Professors Joining the American Baptist College Family
Joining ABC this semester are Melissa McDaniel, Breauna Spencer, and Tabitha Wood.  

Ms. McDaniel will be teaching Foundations of Entrepreneurship (LS 350). She brings a wealth of experience to our students as she is currently a serial entrepreneur with multiple businesses, and holds a MBA in Digital Entrepreneurship. 

Ms. Spencer will be teaching Introduction to Sociology (SO 112).  She is currently completing her Ph.D. in sociology and is also a lecturer at Loyola Marymount University.  

Ms. Wood will be teaching Development of Western Culture (HI 101).  She is a recent M.A. graduate in history from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  

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In the News

News Break - American Baptist College Presidential Lecture Series Makes Bold Steps

News Channel 5 Nashville - Historically Black colleges and universities hope recent exposure increases funding and enrollment

Nashville Post - Meacham to be visiting professor at American Baptist College

The Chattanoogan - Jon Meacham’s Book On John Lewis Mentions Several Chattanooga Connections

Tennessee Tribune - ABC to Hold Virtual Presidential Lecture Series

Tennessee Tribune - American Baptist College Holds News Conference About Voting

Tennessean - Courage and sensitivity needed for racial reconciliation, healing 

Tennessee Tribune - Local Dignitaries Share Excitement Over Kamala Harris’s Appointment

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American Baptist College has survived and thrived for 96 years. Established out of a desire to train African American preachers, it now is a full-fledged Historically Black College/University and offers both Associate's and Bachelor's degrees. Nestled on the “Holy” Hill in North Nashville, this College is a treasured institution in teaching, guiding and developing leaders of social change for the 21st century and beyond. Our work places a SEAL (Social Justice, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership) on the world. 
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