Clark Atlanta University Alumni Association set to Host the 13th Annual Spirit of Greatness Gala


ATLANTA, GA (June 23, 2022) – The Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Alumni Association in collaboration with

Clark Atlanta University is set to host the 13th Annual Spirit of Greatness Gala Saturday, June 25, 2022, at the Georgia International Convention Center located at 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, GA 30337. 

The event is organized to raise funds for scholarships and programs for students matriculating through

Clark Atlanta University.  This is a signature event for the CAU Alumni Association and Clark Atlanta University, with funds raised totaling more than 1.5 million for students.

“The funds raised from this extraordinary event are much needed because they assist Clark Atlanta University students with continuing their academic endeavors and becoming the leaders of tomorrow,” said Devin White, president of the Clark Atlanta University Alumni Association.

This year’s Thomas W. Cole Jr., Legacy Award and Pathway to Excellence Award honorees are an outstanding group of people. They are: 

  • Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., President, CEO, TWD, Inc.
  • Melanie L. Campbell – President/CEO National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
  • Aisha “Pinky” Cole – CEO/Founder Slutty Vegan Restaurant
  • Deisha Barnett – President Global Communications and Content Strategy UPS

“Under the leadership of our fifth president, Dr. George T. French, Jr. we continue to raise the profile and expand the university’s footprint.  With the momentum of more than 30,000 very powerful, innovative, and influential alumni, the 13th Annual Spirit of Greatness Gala propels the university forward by generating much needed scholarship funding to support successful student matriculation and provides a platform to celebrate our alumni honorees, tell our story and amplify our legacy,” said Dr. Lorri L. Saddler, Vice President, Alumni Relations and Engagement.


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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