Atlanta has the highest concentration of black colleges in the nation with Clark Atlanta University, Interfaith Theological Center, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Morris Brown College, and Spelman College. All are private, as well as Paine College in Augusta.

Dimitri Foster celebrates his graduation as he leaves the stage during Morehouse College’s 138th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15, 2022 in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton / [email protected])

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

Dimitri Foster celebrates his graduation as he leaves the stage during Morehouse College’s 138th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15, 2022 in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton / [email protected])

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

Most HBCUs were founded in the late 19th century when black students were not allowed at other colleges and universities. HBCUs generally have smaller budgets and receive less money from philanthropists than predominantly white colleges and universities.

“As the daughter of parents who both attended HBCUs and with the rich history and significant economic impact that our HBCUs have played in our state, I commend Lieutenant Governor Duncan for this opportunity to identify ways through which the state can further remove roadblocks in the higher education system and promote opportunities for communities of color,” Halpern said. “I look forward to producing an impactful outcome from the committee’s findings.”

Halpern will be joined on the committee by: Jason Anavitarte, R-Dallas, Tonya Anderson, D-Lithonia, Freddie Powell Sims, D-Dawson and Valencia Seay, D-Riverdale.