Harmonie Hall at the Scarritt Bennett Center

Harmonie Hall, a junior at ABC, was a participant in the historic Scarritt Bennett Center installation of its new Executive Director, Rev. Sondrea Tolbert. The event took place on Sunday evening January 9, in Wightman Chapel. Hall read the scripture from Hebrews 11:1-6. She was impactful.

Rev. Tolbert is a member of the second cohort for American Baptist College's $1.5 million Lilly Endowment-funded initiative Called to Lives for Meaning and Purpose. Tolbert formerly served as the judicial law clerk for Judge Monte Watkins and is assistant pastor at Fairfield M. B. Church in Goodlettsville.

"It was an honor to be on this program and be in the midst of such outstanding individuals and women, including retired Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; Rev. Dr. Renita Weems, co-pastor Ray of Hope Community Church; Rev. Chestina Archibald, retired pastor, United Methodist Church and former chaplain at Fisk University; and Dr. Judy Cummings, retired pastor, Disciples of Christ, also a former member of the ABC Lilly Grant co-hort, and so many more," said Hall.

"Harmonie was a special delight for the installation program. It was indeed a pleasure for her to participate," said Rev. Tolbert.

Reflections on the January 6, 2021, Insurrection

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The January 6, 2021, Capitol Insurrection, was a travesty to our democracy. It shed a bright light on the weaknesses and the horrors of our country.
While the Congressional Committee continues to investigate, and with more than 700 individuals having been arrested, we face life with fear and yet,  in our hope for peace.

As we reflect a year later, we must go forth in solidarity and continue to strive for humaneness. We can be the America we were established to be. We must work to end hate and work to develop a caring beloved community.

Spring Semester Begins Soon!

As a reminder, the first day of classes has been rescheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 18, following the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. All classes that were previously scheduled to be held in-person will now be virtual for the month of January.

For other important dates during the spring semester, visit the Student Academic Calendar.

FAFSA Deadline Approaching

Students: The State of Tennessee Priority Deadline to file your 2022-2023 FAFSA is February 1, 2022. If you need assistance, please contact the American Baptist College Office of Financial Aid at

American Baptist College Federal Code: 010460

Click here for Federal Student Aid Filing Website

ABC COVID Protocols

American Baptist College is reminding students and our greater ABC community to do their part to stop the spread. Wear a properly fitted mask when physical distancing is not possible or when in poorly ventilated settings; wash your hands regularly with soap and water or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub; and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. 
For those who have not taken a vaccine/booster, one medical location to consider is Meharry Medical College, an HBCU partner in the Nashville HBCU consortium. You can make an appointment to receive your booster immunization online or call 615-327-6348.

The Meharry Vaccination Clinic, open Tuesday-Friday, 9a-2p, has available vaccinations and boosters from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson.  Be sure to take your vaccination record with you, so that it may be updated with your booster shot as well.

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We Remember

Sidney Poitier

The ABC community is mourning the loss of Sidney Poitier. Poitier was a featured star of 48 films and directed six. His roles tended to reflect the peaceful integrationist goals of the struggle. Poitier also fought for civil rights, marching alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and received the Presidential Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama in 2009.
Read about the SEAL Initiative to lean more into the social justice objectives of the College.
January 14, 2022
Spring Orientation

January 18, 2022
Classes begin

January 25, 2022
Spring Convocation

Key note speaker: Dr. Febbie Dickerson

March 20-23, 2022
Garnett | Nabrit Lecture Series

May 12, 2022
Spring Commencement

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News Channel 5 Nashville - Nashville honors Rep. John Lewis with downtown mural

The Tennessean - Nashville Historical Commission Secures Grant to Study City's Civil Rights Movement

Tennessee Tribune - American Baptist Enthusiastically Celebrates 97 Years

Main Street Nashville - Agewell Middle Tennessee announces 2021 Sage Award winners

Education Post - The System Failed Me

Main Street Nashville - John Lewis Way: The power of an idea, powered by community

American Baptist College has survived and thrived for 97 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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