American Baptist College Slated
to Receive Funds from Congress's Spending Package

Several million dollars in funding could be coming to three North Nashville projects. It's part of a move by Congress to fund more community projects.

American Baptist College, in partnership with the Metro Historical Commission, will receive funds to restore buildings on the campus, where many notable Civil Rights leaders received their education and training, as well as create a complementary Civil Rights walking tour of the campus to educate the public about the College’s significance and role in the Civil Rights story.

Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05), secured nearly $4.8 million in funding. The spending package must pass the Senate before landing on the President's desk to sign into law.
Richard Jackson, executive vice president at American Baptist College has been working with Congressman Cooper on the project to get funding for the buildings and further highlight ABC's Civil Rights history.  “I am pleased to see this project moving forward and look forward to passage from the Senate,” said Jackson.

For the first time in more than a decade, members of Congress were able to submit specific requests for their districts. Rep. Cooper selected two schools and one major project all to strengthen the North Nashville area.

American Baptist College, Meharry Medical College, and the Jefferson Street Interstate Cap project will split the funds.
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Garnett | Nabrit Lecture Series Recap

The 64th Annual Garnett| Nabrit Lectures presented outstanding lecturers, scholars, pastors, speakers, educators, preachers, the lay and aspiring faith leaders, who touched the attendees in a special way.  They were inspired and encouraged.  

Students performed cultural expressions throughout the two-day event., and senior Mikea Braden closed the event with a powerful prayer.
The 64th Annual Garnett| Nabrit Lectures
"This message by Pastor Tisha Dixon-Williams will be on repeat for me!! Geesssshhh!!"

- Marielle Thomas
"Don't miss this conversation! Justice, church, and technology explored on this panel with ABC #GNL2022"

- Russell Andrew Pointer Jr.
“Are we preaching or teaching to fill the church? Or are we preaching or teaching to heal the church?”

- A thought provoking question from ABC Adjunct Professor of Christian Education, Rev. Julius Turnipseed. 
"“We cannot facilitate in others what we do not practice ourselves."

-  Rev. Joy Bronson, Lilly Grant Coordinator at American Baptist College during our ABC Panel in the 2022 Garnett-Nabrit Lecture Series
“It’s not just justice for me, it’s justice for all!”

-Rev. Dr. Stephanie Crumpton
Rewatch All GNL Sessions

Supreme Court Nominee 
Ketanji Brown Jackson

The United States Supreme Court Nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson — the first African American woman to be nominated — testifies before the U.S. Senate this week. 

Today, in her final confirmation hearing, viewers will hear testimonies from outside witnesses, with the American Bar Association, people who know Jackson personally, and others who can speak to her record.

Learn about Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson at

Investing In My Future

Des Moines, IA 
Approximately 25 high school students and six chaperones toured the ABC campus on last Friday, March 18, as part of the Investing In My Future (IIMF) initiative. IIMF assists students and parents to prepare for life beyond high school by equipping and empowering them with the tools that help them navigate post-secondary education.
Upcoming ABC Campus Tours:

Tuesday, April 5 - Black Girl Advocate Group 
Monday, April 11- Bridging the Gap Academics 
Thursday, April 21- Hamilton County Schools
Friday, April 29 - Georgia Upward Bound 

Parents, guardians, or potential students interested in scheduling a tour can contact

Street Named After ABC Board Member

Congratulations to American Baptist College Board Member, Rev. Derrick Jackson. A street has been named in his honor in Gallatin, TN. 

He said, "I am honored to have been bestowed this honor that represents my family, as well as me," said Rev. Jackson.
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Celebrating Women of ABC

March is Women’s History Month, and we are pleased to highlight some of the many women associated with American Baptist College for their outstanding contributions.

Read some of the comments we've received:
"Makes me smile [that] American Baptist College is proud to announce outstanding accomplishments and success of an alumnus adding to her young legacy..."

- Floyd Duff
"They come no better than Dr. Jewell Brazelton."

- Jacques Boyd
"Truly an icon!! Dr. McClure!"

- Renee Sartin Kirby
[Rev. Annette] is an An Awesome Woman of God ❤"

- Yolanda Tucker
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HBCU Day On The Hill

American Baptist College is One of Seven

The Fourth Annual HBCU Success Day on the Hill took place Wednesday, March 9, at the Cordell Hull Building at the State Capitol.

The annual event sponsored by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission was a day-long activity focused on strengthening the partnerships between state agencies and Tennessee’s seven HBCUs.  

Brittany Mosby, director of HBCU Success said, “The focus of this year’s event was on encouraging state agencies and HBCUs to come together, break down silos, and consider new ways of working and collaborating for the benefit of student success.

"We were very pleased with the representation from the departments of Health, Human Services, Economic and Community Development, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as from our HBCUs — American Baptist College, Fisk University, Knoxville College, Lane College, LeMoyne Owen College, Meharry Medical College, and Tennessee State University.” 
The seven HBCU institutions are noted as having a history of excellence. Mosby added, “I am looking forward to the follow-up conversations to be had, and to keeping the positive momentum of the event moving forward for Tennessee’s HBCUs.” 

This was the fourth annual HBCU Day, and this year’s theme was “Leveraging Collaboration for Statewide Excellence."

“It was a productive exchange between staff at the state agencies and the HBCU representatives to further engage in productive partnership opportunities,” said Dr. Phyllis Qualls, vice president for Institutional Advancement.

Supporting ABC Allows Us to Offer Students a Unique Opportunity to Achieve Academic Success

By providing a financial contribution, you can directly impact their lives, this community, and our world.

Donate to American Baptist College

2022 MLK Joint Day of Service 

The MLK Joint Day of Service brings together hundreds of student volunteers from Nashville-area colleges and universities to continue the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through service. The keynote speaker will be Georgia State Senator Sonya Halpern.

The day of service will take place Saturday, April 2, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT, beginning at Tennessee State University in Gentry Center.

After the opening program, volunteers will relocate to different service sites. Lunch will be provided. Register to volunteer at


This day of action, inspired by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was organized collaboratively by American Baptist College, Belmont University, Fisk University, Lipscomb University, Meharry Medical College, Nashville State Community College, Tennessee State University, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Vanderbilt University.

Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Let's do our part to stop the spread. Wear a properly fitted mask, wash your hands regularly, and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. 

For those who have not taken a vaccine/booster, visit to find a location near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment.
March 29 | 1:30 a.m.
Academy at Hickory Hollow 

March 31 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
HBCU All-Star College Fair
New Orleans, LA 

April 9 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
ABC Call-A-Thon 
April 12 | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Central Magnet High School College Fair
Murfreesboro, TN 

April 16 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Black College Expo
Chicago, IL  
April 30 | 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Common Black College Application Member Schools Fair

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

Tennessee Tribune - American Baptist Enthusiastically Celebrates 97 Years

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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