More bad news for comedian Bill Cosby! Spelman College has decided to indefinitely suspend “The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship!”
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Another blow to the Cosby legacy has occurred at the hands of none other the Atlanta University Center’s Spelman College. According to Rolling Out, the institution decided to indefinitely suspend an “endowed chair with the donation known as The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship,” which was partially funded by a $20 million gift to the school from the Cosbys in the 1980s. This decision comes following the highly-publicized re-emergence of sexual assault allegations against trailblazing comedian Cosby and is on the heels of a number of other universities around the nation.
Spelman, a very popular private liberal arts institution for women released a statement regarding their decision:
‘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 that the original goals can be met.
Spelman alumna, playwright, and author Pearl Cleage supports her alma mater’s decision and informed the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that “it’s appropriate to suspend the chair while the college reevaluates the relationship with Mr. Cosby, moving forward. However, whether the decision is supported or not, many are surprised at Spelman’s choice because of the fact that Cosby’s daughters attended the 133 year old college in the 1980s and according to Rolling Out, the “ties to the institution were considered unbreakable.”
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