Spike Lee Launches Fellows Program For ATL HBCU Students
Filmmaker Spike Lee has launched a new program for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Atlanta. Lee has established the Spike Fellows Program in collaboration with The Gersh Agency to support students at the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC). This includes those enrolled at Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University.
The Spike Fellows Program is based on the principle that access plus exposure will create opportunities, and students selected will receive academic debt relief, industry mentorship, post-graduate internships, and full-time employment, all provided by Gersh.
The inaugural class consists of five students selected by a panel including Lee, as well as Gersh management, and the AUC community. The program is led by Jayson Council who serves as Gersh’s head of culture.
Said Lee, “It is with great honor, privilege, and excitement to announce the Spike Fellows in association with my partners The Gersh Agency and the AUCC. From the jump, from the get-go, I knew when (not if) I opened a crack in the door, I was bringing as many Black and Brown folks with me in front and behind the camera.”
Lee went on to say, “I am who I am because of my grandmother (Zimmie Jackson) and my mother (Jacquelyn Shelton Lee) who both graduated from Spelman College. I am who I am because of my grandfather (Richard Jackson Shelton) and my father (William Lee) who both graduated from Morehouse. It’s on the campuses of Spelman and Morehouse where they met, fell in love, and got married. As my elders often told me, ‘Deeds not words.’”