CAU Kicks off National Tour: Martha's Vineyard


ATLANTA, GA — Clark Atlanta University is excited to kick off its 30th Anniversary CAU Nation National City Tour. This tour begins a yearlong celebration of innovative history and a promising future for Clark Atlanta University. 

CAU NATION is a multicity event hosted by Alumni, Board of Trustees, local high profile Influencers and Friends of CAU in targeted cities across the country. Each stop on the tour celebrates CAU’s 30th Anniversary while raising funds for the President’s Student Scholarship Fund.

 The fund enables Clark Atlanta University to Lift Every Voice and Ignite New Possibilities by providing support for prospective students.

Martha’s Vineyard African American residents and visitors have long been a significant force in the island’s philanthropic, technological, hospitality, and art communities, making Martha's Vineyard the largest Black resort in the U.S. It was only befitting to kick off the tour in such an historic place as Martha’s Vineyard.

The celebratory weekend was launched with the annual Forward Forum. The historical event was developed from Atlanta University’s traditional public forum organized by the legendary W.E.B. DuBois (1896 to 1914), the CAU Forward Forum is an intimate and open discussion with some of the leading voices that are helping to shape the world in business, culture, politics, and more. The event was attended by over 300 guest made up of board members, alumni, faculty and staff, and supporting friends.

This year the guest were honored with the presence of three powerhouse woman. These women have served as major trailblazers in the African American community as well as in the world.

  • Keisha Lance Bottom, First African American Woman to serve as Mayor of Atlanta, GA.
  • Stacey Abram, First African American Woman to be an official Candidate for Georgia Governor.
  • Gayle King, American television personality and journalist.

The momentous occasion concluded with the Martha’s Vineyard reception, an exclusive networking and fundraising event hosted by CAU President Ronald A. Johnson, Ph. D at Farm Neck Golf Club. The reception served to engage, enlighten and inspire attendees to support scholarships for prospective CAU students. Guest enjoyed food, fun, and a powerful speech from Chaka Pilgrim who is the head of Music and Film at Sean Carter Enterprises.

The CAU Nation Tour will continue throughout the year. The next stop is the windy city of Chicago, Illinois.

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About Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is a comprehensive, private, urban, coeducational institution of higher education with a predominantly African-American heritage. It offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees as well as certificate programs to students of diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Clark Atlanta was established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865), the nation's first graduate school for African Americans, and Clark College (1869), the nation's first four-year liberal arts institution to serve a predominantly African-American undergraduate student population. 

Today, Clark Atlanta is one of the nation's foremost research institutions, offering students from around the United States and several foreign countries the opportunity to engage in 38 exciting areas of study at the bachelor's, masters and doctoral levels.  Located in the historic heart of Atlanta, one of the world's great international cities, our nearly 3,500 students enjoy access academic and co-curricular experiences, from forensic debate, to on-air broadcasting, to cancer research with world-renowned investigators.  From the arts to zoology, CAU combines nearly 300 years of tradition with a solid focus on academic excellence to produce leaders who will shape the future of the global community.


About Martha’s Vineyard

Martha Vineyard is an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts that is known for being an affluent summer colony. Martha's Vineyard includes the smaller Chappaquiddick Island, which is usually connected to the Vineyard, though storms and hurricanes have separated them, as in 2007. It is the 58th largest island in the United States, with a land area of 100 square miles, and the third-largest on the East Coast of the United States, after Long Island and Mount Desert Island. Martha's Vineyard constitutes the bulk of Dukes County, Massachusetts, which also includes the Elizabeth Islands and the island of Norman’s Land. The Vineyard was home to one of the earliest known deaf communities in the United States; consequently, a special sign language, Martha's Vineyard Sign Language, was developed on the island.