Talladega Choir Concert Appearances In Atlanta
Stars of Magnitude Awards Luncheon - Recalls the Past 4 Years of Success
We've Come a Long Way
Initial Steering Committee Members - 2014
Steering Committee: left to right, Maurice Dukes, Mikell Moore,
Barry Gooden, Zenda Bowie, Darlene Moore Neely (kneeling in front), James Gleason, Jackye E. Brown, Karen Y. Houston, Norman Pitts, Jackie Nix, Jesse Henderson, Myrna Anderson-Fuller. Not Pictured, Marva Goff.
Message from the SOM Co-Chairs 2014 - 2017
As co-chairs of the Stars of Magnitude fundraising luncheon we were able to reaffirm the commitment and dedication that Atlanta alumni have for their school, Talladega College. A small nucleus of individuals did a mammoth job of connecting, organizing, and producing fabulous events with the resources of their talent and time.
Our hope is that as this event grows throughout the years we will be able to engage more alumni and increase awareness about the college while raising funds to significantly assist the school financially.
As the sparkles of success continue to glimmer we know that the future holds an illumination to light the way to continued success.
A generous thank you to everyone for making this occasion a meaningful event.
With Deep Appreciation,
Myrna Anderson-Fuller, Maurice Dukes - 2014 and 2015
Jackie Nix and Karen Houston - 2016 and 2017
Myrna Anderson-Fuller, Maurice Dukes - 2018
Claude Clark Reception at Hammonds House Museum - 9/28/14
Stars of Magnitude Luncheon Host Committee held a Pre-Event Reception Honoring the legacy of artist Claude Clark.
Mr. Clark started the Fine Art Department at Talladega College. (1948-1955). Exhibition artwork was on loan from his daughter Alice Pippin T'Ofori-Atta who is a Talladegan residing in Atlanta.
Contributions to the visual arts are among the many accomplishments of Talladega College:
• Claude Clark
• David Driskell
• The Hale Woodruff Amistad Murals.
• Contemporary artists Art Bacon and William Kwanena-Poh
View Images From the Reception
Daughter of Claude Clark, Alice Pippin T'Ofori-Atta poses with granddaughters of Zenda Bowie and Maurice Dukes.
Click the photo above to see who else was present.
Claude Clark and his Work
Claude Clark was born November 11, 1915 in Rockingham, GA. In 1923, after struggling as a tenant farmer trying to support his growing family, Claude's father moved his family to Manyunk, PA., a Philadelphia suburb. During his Junior High school years Clark’s teachers recognizing and encouraged his artistic talent.
After high school he was awarded a scholarship to The Pennsylvania School of Industrial Arts, graduating in 1939. From 1939-1942 Clark worked on the WPA (Works Public Administration) in the Graphic Arts (printmaking) division and he painted after hours in a studio. From 1939 to 1944, while at the Barnes Foundation, Clark was exposed to African images placed side by side with modern master European painters. Clark could not help but take pride in the knowledge of Africa's worldwide influence upon the arts.
From 1948-1955, Clark worked at Talladega College in Alabama where he established the art department, teaching students traditional European and African art forms. While earning his B.A. degree at Sacramento State College (1956 to '58), Clark was paid to teach art history to students who were studying for their teaching credentials. In 1962, Clark earned his M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1968, he was hired to teach courses in studio art and African and Afro-American Art history at Merritt College in Oakland until his retirement in 1981. In 1970, Clark designed
and wrote the first curriculum for African and African-American Art,
A Black Art Perspective, a teacher's guide to a black visual art curriculum.
Retool Your School 2016 and 2017
,Talladega College student, faculty alumni and friends poured hours of online time over the last several years competing for the campus improvement in-kind dollars from Home Depot.
Kudos go to David Bowie, '74 who has championed this cause with full vigor and determination. He teaches, prods and leads by example to convince others to participate in meeting the challenge.
• In 2016 we placed in the top 35
• In 2017 we were awarded $40,000