One of Clark Atlanta’s Oldest Living Alumni Celebrates 103rd Birthday

ATLANTA (Dec. 15, 2016) — At 103-years-old, Charity Barnes is one of the oldest living alumni of Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University). She has lived through 18 U.S. presidents, the Great Depression, the attack on Pearl Harbor and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Dec. 11, the Office of Alumni Relations held a grand birthday celebration for Ms. Barnes, who graduated in 1949, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. At the celebration, Ms. Barnes was inducted into the CAU Centennial Club and presented with a certificate signed by President Ronald A. Johnson and a CAU quilt.

Ms. Barnes, a retired educator who remains active and vibrant to this day, is only the third centenarian initiated to the CAU Centennial Club since its founding in 2013. “This is the beginning of her reconnection to her alma mater,” said Alumni Relations director Gay-linn Gatewood-Jasho, when asked why this event was so important.

“I’m so excited and thankful for this recognition,” said Ms. Barnes. She was even more elated to learn of the University’s invitation for her to participate in Founders Day Convocation 2017 happening in March.

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