Inaugural ABC Luncheon at NBCUSA Mid-Winter Board Meeting

Participants from throughout the nation have been in Birmingham, Ala., this week for the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.’s 2023 mid-winter board meeting. The busy agenda included a special luncheon to recognize and honor American Baptist College.

In additional to ABC President Forrest Harris and Board of Trustees Chair Dennie Marshall, the College was represented on the luncheon program by Dr. Keith Evans, parliamentarian of the ABC Alumni Association; and alumni Dr. Trajean Jadorette and Dr. William Thompson.

“I am pleased to congratulate Rev. Breonus Mitchell (President of the ABC Alumni Association and a member of the ABC Board of Trustees) on his election as chair of the National Baptist Convention Board of Trustees, and to thank him for establishing this luncheon to recognize and honor American Baptist College,” said President Harris. “This inaugural luncheon is a great partnership between NBCUSA and ABC and, for that, we are eternally grateful.”

Celebrating Our 98th Year at Spring Convocation

American Baptist College will celebrate the new year and the new semester at Spring Convocation on Tuesday, January 24, at 5:30 p.m. The focus will be the College’s 98th anniversary, with President Forrest Harris delivering the keynote address.

The Convocation is open to all and will be held in the Fine Arts Room of the Susie McClure Library, as well as streamed live on Facebook and Zoom. Follow us on social media for more information and links to join!

The 65th Garnett-Nabrit Lectures
March 19-23, 2023

Mark your calendars! The 65th Garnett-Nabrit Lectures are coming this March 19-23 and will be held in person. This year's theme is fittingly called "Where Legacy Meets the Future ... On the Road to 100" — a celebration of history as we shape what comes next. Join us for an opportunity to uplift, uphold, and share significant contributions that bridge academic theology with justice activism.

If you are interested in attending. please complete our form at

MLK Day 2023
“Cultivating a Beloved Community”

The nation will take time to commemorate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin King Jr. on Monday, January 16. The King Center has chosen “Cultivating a Beloved Community Mindset to Transform Unjust Systems” as its 2023 theme.
While ABC will be closed in observance of the holiday, students, faculty, staff, and others are encouraged to participate in one of the many activities in Nashville over the weekend. Highlights include Monday’s march, beginning at 9 a.m., and MLK Convocation, beginning at 10 a.m. at Tennessee State University’s Gentry Complex and featuring keynote speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.

Vivian Family Visits ABC

“It’s good to see this place.”

That was the shared sentiment as relatives of the late Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian visited American Baptist College recently, walking along the same paths as the legendary alumnus and civil rights icon. The family was in Nashville for a special event at Historic First Community Church, which Rev. Vivian pastored from 1957-1961 after graduating from ABC. 

Get to Know the Susie McClure Library

The Susie McClure Library has updated its online presence with new information and resources. Visit to see what’s new!

Join Us "On the Road to 100 ... 2024"

Your financial support allows us to offer students a unique opportunity to achieve academic success. As we approach our centennial celebration in 2024, your gift will directly impact their lives, this community, and our world.
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Crawford Recognized with Mt. Zion Scholarship

Congratulations to Marquita Crawford, an ABC junior majoring in entrepreneurial leadership, who received a $1000 scholarship from Nashville’s Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

“I am proud to be a student at American Baptist College,” said Crawford.
“With my degree, I aspire to create a program that will allow me to teach high school and college students who want to be entrepreneurs how to be healthy leaders first. I want to teach them skills for self-development and operating as a team because often their focus is more on becoming ‘the boss,’ but there’s really a lot more to becoming a successful entrepreneur.”

Stay on Track with Health Goals at the Next “Coming Back from COVID-19” Lunch & Learn

ABC students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the next “Coming Back from COVID-19” Lunch and Learn presentation on Monday, January 23, from noon-1:30 p.m. CT, in the Lewis-Scruggs Conference Center.

Check your email for registration information and RSVP by Friday, January 20.

CFMT Scholarship Application is OPEN!

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Scholarship application is open and officially accepting applicants for the 2022-2023 scholarship cycle. The application will close on Wednesday, February 1, at 11:59 p.m. 
This year, CFMT is offering access to nearly 160 scholarship funds through one application! Click the link below to view the scholarship webpage and application.

Tennessee Lookout - A Civil Rights Leader Comes Home

The Tennessean - 'Stewards' of John Lewis Legacy March in Nashville for Second Year After Civil Rights Leader's Death

Tennessee Tribune - More Than 65 TN College and University Leaders Urge Members Of Congress to Double Maximum Pell Grant Award

Tennessee Lookout - Artist McBride drew inspiration from John Lewis

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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