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About Us
The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) is the official organization that supports Spelman College, a historically black college for women, through financial gifts, student recruitment, sisterhood, community service, and recognition of Spelman women. The Association provides, encourages and promotes growth and development of alumnae through leadership opportunities and partnership alliances. NAASC actively seeks to involve all former students and graduates in the fulfillment of its purpose.
 
History of the NAASC
By Patricia Graham Johnson, Class of 1973
SPELMAN MESSENGER – VOLUME 114 NUMBER 1 WINTER/SPRING 2000

Prepared leadership is not a contrived notion but simply the divine force behind the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC). In order to understand the Association, one must first understand Spelman College and the "truths" that have driven Spelman women. The Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary was founded in 1881 when the first eleven students met with founders Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles in the basement of the oldest Negro Baptist church in Atlanta, the Friendship Baptist Church. Though the popular mythology suggested that these two women approached such a daunting task with only a pen, paper and a Bible, the reality of the situation was that the women and the students were prepared for their task. The founders were themselves seminary trained at the New Salem Academy. They had been long-term educators, were mature and experienced as administrators. Sophia Packard and Harriet Giles believed in their cause - to educate Negro girls and women. The founders had worked, themselves, in women's organizations whose purposes were to help others. They had also been touched by the great needs of the Negroes in the South. The students were motivated to learn, to become scholars themselves, to teach and make a difference in their families and communities. Each came to the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary with a certain level of determination and resolve to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Each came prepared to become leaders. The saying, "From those to whom much is given, much shall be required," provided the first expectation of these "prepared leaders."

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