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CAU Receives $50,000 Bequest from Alumnus and Iconic Public Servant Marvin Arrington, Sr.

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) Alumnus Marvin Arrington, J.D.


Contact: Donna L. Brock

ATLANTA (May 31, 2016) –Clark Atlanta University (CAU) President Ronald A. Johnson today announced a bequest of $50,000 from former Fulton County, Ga., Superior Court Judge and 1963 Clark College alumnus Marvin Arrington Sr., J.D.

The bequest will establish the Judge Marvin Arrington Book Fund for African-American students pursuing an undergraduate degree from the University’s Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work or an undergraduate degree in political science.

Arrington, who grew up in Atlanta’s Vine City Neighborhood, also known as “The Bluff,” attended Clark College on a football scholarship. Upon graduation, he entered Howard University School of Law, then transferred to Emory University Law School to become one of the first two African Americans to graduate from that institution. He was elected to Atlanta’s City Council in 1969—then its youngest alderman at age 27, and served in that capacity for 25 years, 17 of them as president. He served as a trustee for Clark College and, upon consolidation of Clark College and Atlanta University in 1988, Clark Atlanta University until 2002.

“My years at Clark College proved a very rich experience. So many professors and coaches, legends like Raymond “Tweet” Williams and L. S. Epps, encouraged me to work hard, overcome obstacles and move forward,” Arrington recalls. “I’ve asked myself many times where I would be had it not been for Clark. If I had to do it all over again, there is no doubt I would make the same choice. So, it is my obligation to give to an institution that has given so much to a poor boy from The Bluff. I don’t have a problem investing in CAU, because it happens to be one of the finest institutions in this country,” he added.

“Alumni like Judge Marvin Arrington, Sr.,” says President Johnson, “are exemplars of service, advocacy, mentorship and philanthropy. In addition to this most recent gift, Judge Arrington has been a loyal contributor, a volunteer in our alumni relations office, a mainstay at our annual Law Day and has supported students, programs and initiatives at this University for more than 50 years. There are across the United States few finer examples of support and compassion, not just for the University, but for our local, regional and national community.”

Arrington was actively involved in the Atlanta Student Movement while at Clark College and chronicled his life and career successes in the 2008 autobiography Making My Mark: The Story of a Man Who Wouldn’t Stay in His Place (Mercer University Press).

For more information on giving and investment opportunities at Clark Atlanta University, call 404-880-8328.

Category: Advancement, Alumni
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