Clark Atlanta University will celebrate Thursday, March 23, 2017, its Founders Day Convocation. This special occasion marks 29 years since the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869) birthed what is now our beloved CAU. The prestigious ceremony will be held promptly at 10:45 a.m. in Epps Gymnasium. Access to Epps begins at 10 a.m. During this time all University classes and activities are canceled, and all students, faculty and staff are expected to attend.

This year’s Founders Day Convocation features a keynote conversation between two dynamic CAU alumnae: Helen Smith Price and Jacque Reid. A third equally dynamic CAU alumna, Krysta Underwood, will moderate the discussion.

Price is a 23-year veteran of The Coca-Cola Company where she serves as vice president of Global Community Affairs and president of The Coca-Cola Foundation. Reid, an Emmy Award-winning co-host of New York Live, also serves as a correspondent on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. Rounding out the group is Underwood, or Krystal Lee, as she is known to her millions of listeners on the syndicated radio program “The Willie Moore Jr. Show.

Also happening this year is a distinct honor presented by the Office of Alumni Relations to alumna Charity Barnes. We told you Barnes is the oldest living CAU alumna back in December 2016 when she was inducted into the CAU Centennial Club after turning 103 years old. Family, friends, dignitaries and government leaders from Barnes’ hometown in South Georgia will be on hand to witness her recognition.

CAU is an urban research university, which transforms the lives of its students and their communities by preparing citizen leaders to be problem-solvers through innovative learning programs; supportive interactions with faculty, staff, and students; exemplary scholarship; and purposeful service. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University visit