Actor Samuel Jackson and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson have made a $5 million donation to Spelman College. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that it is the largest donation that Spelman College has received from a graduate in its 140-year history. With this gift, the school aims to renovate the school’s John D. Rockefeller Fine Arts building.
“Renovation talk has been going on since I arrived at Spelman over seven and a half years ago,” Aku Kadogo of Spelman College told Afro Tech.
“You don’t really believe it until you see it, so I’m excited that this is happening.”
The building will not only be renovated. It will be renamed in honor of the Morehouse College graduate and Spelman College alumnae.
“The love that both LaTanya and Sam continue to exhibit for Spelman since their time on stage decades ago is heartwarming,” Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell said, according to the Black Information Network.
“These living legends met and acted together on stage on our campus. Their dedication to their artistry will leave a legacy that will inspire students in the Atlanta University Center for years to come. We are grateful for their gift.”
Construction is set to begin in the spring of 2022.