“Find a Role, Find a Purpose” – Lafayettes Visit ABC

Photograph by John Partipilo
American Baptist College welcomed back one of its most celebrated graduates on Friday, November 18, as Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette and his wife Kate toured the campus as part of a Nashville visit. Lafayette, who also served as president of the College in the 1990s, was impressed by what he saw on the campus.

“Dr. Lafayette was thrilled and extremely impressed with the campus growth, especially with how studious the library has become,” said ABC Senior Chief Advancement Officer Phyllis Qualls.

Lafayette is among the notable ABC students and alumni of the 1960s – including his then-roommate John Lewis — who were at the forefront of efforts to desegregate Nashville lunch counters and interstate transportation, along with their work to register voters throughout the South. Reflecting on his time at ABC and his illustrious career, Lafayette told The Tennessee Lookout, “No matter who you are, don’t give in. Change is possible if you have a goal. Find a role, find a purpose.”

Giving Tuesday at ABC

Thank you to everyone who made a gift to American Baptist College this week in recognition of Giving Tuesday, a global movement created to “inspire hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.”

Contributions to ABC will help provide students with direct financial support, as well as resources that will propel them forward in theology and ministry and on the paths of Social Justice, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership.

To learn more about supporting ABC with a one-time or scheduled contribution, visit

Focusing on Mental Well-Being

ABC students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the next “Coming Back from COVID-19” Lunch and Learn presentation, on Monday, December 12, from noon-1:30 p.m. CT. The session, led by Dr. Bearlyn Ash, will focus on making your own mental health a priority, with strategies and tips to take into the new year.

Check your email for registration information and RSVP by Friday, December 9.

Showcasing ABC, Sharing Our Story

American Baptist College President Forrest Harris, Andre Trice, and Demetria McCroskey (Division of Institutional Advancement) represented the College at the 43rd Annual Sunday School Publishing Board Conference, held in Nashville November 27-30. The conference brought together nearly 800 pastors, teachers, church leaders, and others.

“Our participation provided ABC with an opportunity to build and restore relationships with various constituents from across the country,” said Trice. “I hope this will be one more step in our ongoing effort to tell the ABC story as we continue to grow our enrollment and supporter base.”

Dates to Remember

Registration for the Spring 2023 semester is currently under way.
Here are some other key dates to remember in the coming weeks:

December 3 | Last day of fall classes

December 5-6 | Reading Period

December 7-13 | Fall exams and papers due

December 16 |  Last day to submit an application for admission
for Spring 2023

December 23-26 | Campus closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

January 2, 2023 | Campus closed for New Year’s Day

Join Us on the Holy Hill!
Apply now to enroll at American Baptist College. We are still accepting applications for the Spring 2023 semester, as well as Fall 2023.

Are you interested in a campus tour?
Click here to schedule a visit or to take a virtual tour.

If you have questions about admissions requirements, tuition and fees, financial aid, or anything else related to attending ABC, visit our Admissions page.

We Remember: Mrs. Sallie Mae Harris

The Homegoing Celebration for Mrs. Sallie Mae Harris will be Saturday, December 10, 2022, at 11 a.m. CT at Springhill Baptist Church, 3815 Hawkins Mill Road, Memphis, Tenn.

You may send cards to the President's Office at 1800 Baptist World Center Drive, Nashville, Tenn., 37207

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American Baptist College has survived and thrived for 98 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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