Spelman naming center after LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson

ATLANTA — Spelman College will name its performing arts center after one of its most famous alumnae and her movie star husband.

LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Samuel L. Jackson donated an undisclosed amount to Spelman for the center’s renovation project, which is expected to be completed by 2023.

“The love that both LaTanya and Sam continue to exhibit for Spelman since their time on stage decades ago is heartwarming,” said Spelman president Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell. “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.”


The Jacksons met during their time at Spelman College and Morehouse College and the couple performed alongside each other as members of the Morehouse Spelman Players in the 1970s.

Richardson Jackson also served on the college’s board from 1998 to 2006.

“The benevolence of God placed me, Sam and our daughter Zoe inside a miracle which out of great gratitude, we work hard to share. Sam and I are invested in the success of Spelman because Spelman first invested so much in us,” Richardson Jackson said.

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