Clark Atlanta University School of Education Dean Serves as Panelist on White House Annual Black History Program Focusing on Black Health and Wellness


Atlanta, GA – (March 24, 2022) - The Clark Atlanta University community congratulates

Dr. J Fidel Turner, Jr., (CAU 93’) Dean of the School of Education, on his accomplishments and his invitation from the Executive Office of The President of the United States to represent Clark Atlanta University as a guest panelist for the White House Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Annual Black History Program. The event was held at the White House in our nation’s capital. 

Dr. Turner represented Clark Atlanta with pride and served as a subject matter expert in the discussion regarding mental health, education, and wellness in communities of color.  His commendable career at CAU, his research and advocacy for black health and wellness earned him a seat at the White House. 

The theme of the convening focused on the importance and celebration of black health and wellness. The theme not only acknowledged and celebrated the legacy of black scholars and practitioners in health, education, finance and medicine, but also aimed to raise awareness regarding the health and wellness needs and inequities for those within the black community. 

His endeavors to uphold Clark Atlanta’s values in a prestigious environment like the White House is both honorable and commendable. 

About Clark Atlanta University: Established in 1988 by the historic consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869).  Clark Atlanta University continues a 150-year legacy rooted in African American tradition and focused on the future.  Through global innovation, transformative educational experiences, and high-value engagement.  CAU cultivates lifted lives that transforms the world.  Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson; American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (Lift Every Voice and Sing "The Black National Anthem"; Ralph David Abernathy Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award-winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit