History of the Institution
The establishment of Sojourner-Douglass College represented a struggle by community leaders and community organizations in the Black community of Baltimore for community self-determination. In the early 1970s, community groups, leaders and the local Council of Churches began discussing the educational needs of local residents and came together working with Antioch College to form Adult Education, Inc. An agreement was reached to found the Homestead Montebello Center of Antioch College, which would serve the Black community by working toward community self-reliance and providing a "culturally pluralistic learning environment." The Homestead Montebello Center was established in fall 1972 to facilitate the creation of an independent four year college, sharing an agreement with Antioch that Homestead Montebello Center would eventually "spin off" to become an independent institution.
Sojourner-Douglass College became an independent institution under Maryland law on February 7, 1980 and on June 19, 1980 the College was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education. Maintaining its original mission, Sojourner-Douglass College draws students generally from the large population of adults in the Black community, using a program designed to stimulate the motivation of students and enhance the students' development of positive self images.
Today, Sojourner-Douglass College continues the legacy of self-determination that we began in the 1970ís. Our
driving forces have remained the same: educating adults and empowering members of the community.
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