Concordia College Alabama, the only Lutheran Historically Black College or University, announced it will close at the end of the spring semester due to financial reasons.
School administrators are meeting with each student individually to discuss their futures after the college closes, said spokesperson James Lyons. Lyons said their mission is to help make the transition as smooth as possible for students.
“We’re also having a college night on March 15,” he said. “We could have 35 to 50 institutions coming who are prepared to accept our students on the spot provided they have a copy of their official transcript.”
CCA was founded in 1922 as the Alabama Lutheran Academy in Selma and was significantly influenced by Rosa Young, who wanted to train African Americans in Alabama to be Lutheran pastors and teachers.
The school is affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, which has provided institutional support throughout the college's existence. In a statement regarding the closing, LCMS expressed regret that the school was closing and cited its significant cultural, spiritual and educational role in the Selma community.