American Baptist joins list of historically black colleges

By The Tennessean |  April 12, 2013

Federal funds, grants expand for Nashville college; Belmont University gives $100,000 for scholarship fund

Nashville’s American Baptist College, which produced such civil rights leaders as Bernard Lafayette, Jim Bevel and John Lewis, has officially joined the list of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities and is now eligible for the funding and grants that can accompany that designation.

College President Forrest Harris announced the school’s new status Thursday at a news conference on campus. He marked the event by accepting a $100,000 check from Belmont University.

The money is an “unprecedented gift” from one university to another, Harris said. It will be used to fund the Belmont University Endowed Scholarship for American Baptist College students...

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