The Spotlight. (None) 1980-201?



The Spotlight.

Place of Publication:


Geographic coverage:

  • Atlanta, Fulton county



Dates of publication:



  • Began with: Vol. 24, no. 2 (October, 1980); ceased in 2012 or 2013.


  • 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.


  • "Some errors and irregularities in enumeration. Numbering appears to be dropped November 1981 and resumes 2012.
  • "The Spelman Spotlight is produced regularly the by Spotlight Staff, composed of students from Spelman and Morehouse Colleges. Primary control, however, is vested in Spelman students."--Vol. 24, no. 2 (October, 1980), page [2].
  • Appears to be continued by: The BluePrint.
  • Description based on: Vol. 24, no. 2 (October, 1980); title from PDF caption (issue received via e-mail and viewed November 26, 2018).
  • Latest issue consulted: Volume 48, issue 4 (March 16, 2012) (viewed November 27, 2018).
  • Stated frequency during 1980-1981 is bimonthly; actual frequency cannot be determined.
  • The Spelman Spotlight is a bi-monthly publication produced by and for the students of Spelman College."--Vol. 24, no. 1 (September 14, 1981).





The Spotlight. October 1, 1980


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.