Spelman College Shuts Down Cosby Endowment In Light of Sexual Assault Claims

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Atlanta women’s college, Spelman College has suspended it’s endowed professorship because Bill Cosby is in the news.

The 133-year-old HBCU received an $20 Million endowment from Cosby and his wife Camille in 1987 which was used to create the Cosby Chair for Humanities. According to a spokesperson,

“The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship was established to bring positive attention and accomplished visiting scholars to Spelman College in order to enhance our intellectual, cultural and creative life. The current context prevents us from continuing to meet these objectives fully. Consequently, we will suspend the program until such time…”

The decision to suspend the program follows a host of other similar situations with Cosby’s other honorary positions. He resigned from his 32-year role on the board of trustees at Temple University. Berklee School of Music ended a scholarship program that was in his name.

Many at the all-female school are protesting Cosby’s association with the school, employing the use of the #notmyfather hashtag on Twitter

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