Second Annual John Lewis Recognition Event Encourages Focus on the Future

Hundreds gathered in downtown Nashville on Saturday, July 23, to honor the memory of one of American Baptist College’s most notable graduates, Rep. John Lewis. The second annual event included a commemorative march, stirring musical entertainment, and remarks from local leaders.
ABC President Forrest Harris provided the invocation and reminded participants why it’s important to keep Lewis’s legacy. “One year ago, we gathered here to dedicate this street – Rep. John Lewis Way. Today, American democracy is under attack. It is time for us to join together again for change, because ‘the John Lewis Way’ is still alive.”
The Rev. Kelly Miller Smith Jr., of Nashville’s First Baptist Church-Capitol Hill, also emphasized the importance of staying focused, noting, “We can’t rest on our successes, nor in our struggles. We have to continue moving forward.”
The day was truly a community-wide endeavor, featuring a high school band, musical performers, civic leaders, and marchers of all ages. Both ABC and Fisk University, Lewis’s two alma maters, were presented with $1,500 contributions as part of the event. ABC’s gift will go toward the John Lewis Endowed Scholarship.
“It is our goal to continue the recognition of this great congressman, whose indelible legacy began in Nashville,” said Metro Councilwoman Zulfat Suara, chair of the John Lewis Way Committee. Added Sen. Brenda Gilmore, co-chair of the committee, “We are continuing to honor this great public servant because he is most deserving, and we hope to keep his memory alive for years to come.”
Due to the threat of inclement weather, American Baptist College's Community Day, originally scheduled for Saturday, July 30, is being postponed to a later date.

We welcome every opportunity to share our beautiful campus, but the safety of our visitors is of utmost importance. We will announce a new date very soon and hope you will join us then.

Omegas Contribute to American Baptist College

Rep. Harold M. Love Jr. recently presented President Forrest Harris with a $5,000 check on behalf of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., which has a long-standing history of supporting educational endeavors and HBCUs.  

Rep. Love said, "It is an honor to contribute to American Baptist College. This historic institution has been a trailblazer in social justice, education, and theology for nearly 100 years."  
It's not too late to APPLY to American Baptist College. This fall, ABC is awarding three Presidential Scholarships for students with a 3.5 GPA or higher AND offering Full Meal Plan Scholarships for residential students. 

We have a spot for you. Visit to learn more and apply. 

“Coming Back from COVID-19” Lunch & Learn Offered Guidance for Returning to Campus

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ABC’s third “Coming Back from COVID-19” Lunch & Learn discussion explored several of the issues that will be faced (and strategies to confront them) as students, faculty, and staff return to campus for the first time in more than two years.

The session, entitled “Addressing Mental Health, Adjustment, and the Lingering Effects of COVID-19 in the Classroom,” was presented virtually by Dr. Carolyn Davis, assistant vice president of student affairs at Tennessee State University and a licensed mental health clinician.

As we approach the start of the academic year, Davis said, “We don’t have as many of the immediate concerns of lack of information, treatment, follow-up, protocols, or procedures. However, we are having long-term impacts that are making our campus environments tricky to navigate.”

Davis suggested a number of ways that faculty and staff can be supported in returning to the campus environment, including institutional leadership making mental health a priority; developing a roadmap of resources for faculty and staff; and, most importantly, ongoing training.

Faculty and staff also should remember to make their own mental well-being a priority, according to Davis. “Remember that student-teacher relationships are one of the most powerful predictors of student emotional wellness, classroom climate, and academic success, BUT be mindful of your own triggers.”

The “Coming Back from COVID-19” Lunch & Learn series is just one example of how ABC is supporting the campus community in the new post-COVID environment. The activity is paid for with funding provided by the U.S. Government as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Act.

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Supply Drive for Haynes
Middle School Extended

We are still collecting back-to-school supplies for students at Haynes Middle School. THANK YOU to all faculty and staff members who have contributed to the effort so far; we also received a generous financial gift from Derek and Allyson Young of YMG Coaching and Consulting. Supplies will be delivered to the school at the start of the academic year.

Donation bins are located inside Flakes Hall and Griggs Hall. To see the list of items requested by school leaders, click the link below.
View List of Supplies

Welcome Back to the Holy Hill
Alumni Mixer

Calling all ABC Alumni. You are invited to our 2022 'Welcome Back to the Holy Hill' Alumni Mixer.

Come enjoy great music, food, and fellowship, and participate in a special pinning ceremony for the newest members of the ABC community.

Please note: American Baptist College will adhere to the CDC and State of Tennessee COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of all alumni, students, staff, and faculty. Masks will be required.
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Campus Schedule

Friday, July 29, 2022, will mark the last day of abbreviated Friday hours for ABC offices. Beginning Monday, August 1, campus offices will resume normal hours of 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (CT) Monday-Friday.

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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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