Clark Atlanta University Celebrates the Heart of the Holidays at Harkness


Samuel Burston

ATLANTA, GA – November 21, 2018 – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) will celebrate the Heart of the Holidays with a special Christmas Tree Lighting at its historic Harkness Hall, Wednesday November 28th at 8:00 PM EST. The University welcomes the greater Atlanta community as well as faculty, staff, alumni, and current students to hail the holiday season.

Students and families can enjoy live holiday music presented by the Clark Atlanta University choir, in addition to free holiday crafts for kids, plus Santa “Claws,” and “reindeer games.” The event is free and open to the public; however, attendees are encouraged to bring donated items for families in need.

“The Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is a great tradition for the Clark Atlanta University community,” said Omar Torres, Dean of Student Services and Campus Life. “It is a wonderful opportunity for members of the CAU family to come together, in fellowship, to celebrate and start the holiday season with thoughts of joy, hope, peace, and harmony.”

Clark Atlanta University will continue the tradition of spreading joy with Chris180, an organization designed to strengthen families and build communities, and Salvation Army Bellwood Boys and Girls Club, which provides the opportunity to donate gifts, groceries, clothing and other necessities to local families in need. Canned food donations will be also collected at the event to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

“We expect the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Harkness Hall to continue our annual tradition at Clark Atlanta University – much like CAU Salutes, Alumni on the Lawn, and others,” said Ronald A. Johnson, Ph.D., president at Clark Atlanta University. “It is our effort to bring the community together and encourage the community to help those in need.”

CAU Heart of the Holidays at Harkness is brought to you by presenting sponsor, Georgia Power and hosted by Miss CAU and her Royal Court, the CAU Student Government Association, and the University’s Offices of Institutional Advancement (IA) and University Relations, External & Community Affairs (URECA). For more information, contact Barbara Martin at


About Clark Atlanta University

Established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University (CAU) 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 bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Located in the historic heart of Atlanta, one of the world's great international cities, CAU’s nearly 4,000 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. Visit to learn more about Clark Atlanta University.