Over the years, dozens of leaders, influencers and trailblazers have graced the campuses of the Atlanta University Center. From Martin Luther King Jr. to Rosalind Brewer, few have academic centers have changed the world quite like Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College have. In a move to celebrate two of its greatest graduates, Spelman College has named its newly renovated performing arts center after Latanya Richardson Jackson and Samuel L. Jackson.
The Spelhouse couple is one of the most accomplished duos in Hollywood. After graduating from Spelman College, Latanya Richardson Jackson has gone on to appear in films and shows like Malcolm X, Show Me A Hero and Luke Cage. She's also appeared in Broadway productions of To Kill A Mockingbird, A Raisin In The Sun and Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Meanwhile, Samuel L. Jackson has appeared in films like Coach Carter, Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. He's also set to appear in Spiral: From The Book of Saw, which comes out this weekend.
“The love that both LaTanya and Sam continue to exhibit for Spelman since their time on stage decades ago is heartwarming,” Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell said.
“These living legends met and acted together on stage on our campus. Their dedication to their artistry will leave a legacy that will inspire students in the Atlanta University Center for years to come. We are grateful for their gift and that of the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, Bank of America and David Rockefeller Jr. to renovate the space where these beloved talents got their start. Pioneers and leaders in producing important stories, LaTanya and Sam’s excellence will forever resonate in the arts center named for them.”
The LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Samuel L. Jackson Performing Arts Center will include a renovated theater, lobby and dressing rooms. It will be open to students this fall.
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