The Spelman spotlight. (Atlanta , Georgia) 1957-1980



The Spelman spotlight.

Place of Publication:

Atlanta , Georgia

Geographic coverage:

  • Atlanta, Fulton county



Dates of publication:



  • Print began with: Vol, 1, no. 1 (November, 1957); ceased in 1980.


  • English


  • African American universities and colleges--Georgia--Atlanta--Periodicals.
  • Atlanta (Ga.)--Newspapers.
  • Fulton County (Ga.)--Newspapers.
  • Georgia--Atlanta.
  • Georgia--Fulton County.
  • Women's colleges--Georgia--Atlanta--Periodicals.


  • Appears to continue Spelman reflections.
  • Began again with [new series], vol. 1, no, 1 (November 28, 1959). Began again a second time with [new series 2], vol. 1, no. 1 (Oct. 16, 1961). In 1964, some later issues have lower volume numbers, but there is no clear evidence that volume numbering has begun again with 1. From 1977, volume numbering is erratic, with no clear evidence that volume numbering has begun again with 1. Some enumeration repeated in error. Some issues may lack enumeration. Other irregularities in numbering may appear.
  • Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 1 (November, 1957); title from PDF caption (issue received via e-mail, viewed June 13, 2018).
  • Latest issue consulted: [New series 2], vol. 23, no. 7 (March 12, 1980) (viewed November 11, 2018).





The Spelman spotlight. November 1, 1957


The Spelman Spotlight began as Spelman Reflections on February 1, 1956. The student-run Reflections featured events calendars, campus news, editorials, and illustrations accompanied by captions. In November of 1957, the masthead became Spelman Spotlight, but the design and editorial focus of the newspaper remained the same. The paper focused on matters concerning Spelman College and the Atlanta University Center. Within the pages of the Spotlight, one could find news related to faculty, student government, and campus life. Among the serious editorials, there were also humorous columns like the “Ten Ways to Get Through College Without Trying” found in the January, 1958 issue. The Spotlight briefly became the Spelman Bulletin for the November, 1958 and March, 1959 issues before returning to its previous title. In November of 1959, The Spotlight underwent a redesign. The redesign transformed the paper with double-sided printing, photography, and an increase in columns. Advertisements joined the pages of the student publication alongside continued comics and illustrations. As the Spotlight settled into its new format, the topics it covered expanded beyond the range of Spelman College and included news related to the American Civil Rights Movement. In 2013, the Spotlight became the BluePrint. The BluePrint continues today as a student-run publication at Spelman College.