2019-2021 Executive Board

History of SFNAASC

The South Florida chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (SFNAASC) was founded in 1999. Founding president Kwanza Clay, ’92, contacted several Spelman alumnae in tri-county South Florida area and held the first meeting at her home. Within months, dozens of alumnae were attending meetings on a regular basis. In May 2000, the chapter was chartered with 31 members. The first scholarship fundraiser was held in August 2001.

Kwanza Clay Bowe (1999 – 2001)
Brenda Williams (2001 – 2005)
Christie Grays (2005 – 2009)
Bernadette Poitier (2009 – 2011)
Tishria L. Mindingall (2011 – 2015)
Erica N. Wright (2015-2019)

History of NAASC

The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College was founded in May 1892 by Clara Howard, a member of the first high school class (of 1887). Its purpose is to: 

  • unite and promote fellowship among Spelman women
  • encourage individual financial support to the College through annual giving
  • stimulate interest among young women to attend Spelman
  • inform membership of current developments within the organization and the College
  • honor Spelman women who have given outstanding service in any particular field
  • improve communications between chapters and persons in areas where no alumnae chapter exists
  • encourage and promote new chapters in all states
  • promote the continuing growth and development of alumnae through mutual self-help, leadership opportunities and various cooperative activities, and
  • sustain interest in the welfare of the College

The Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary was founded on April 11, 1881 by two missionaries from Boston - Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles. They started the school in the basement of Friendship Baptist Church. Additional seed funding was provided by the Rockefeller family. In 1884 the school was re-named to honor the wife of John D. Rockefeller, Laura Spelman Rockefeller.  In 1924, Spelman Seminary became Spelman College as part of its transition from an academy to a liberal arts college. In its 125-year history, thousands of Black women have been educated on the 33-acre campus in Atlanta.

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History of Spelman College