top of page

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy 

What would you like to share about yourself?

I am excited to follow the example of my mother and grandmother, both of whom made devoting their talents to Spelman College a priority.  My grandmother was the college registrar, and mother has been teaching at Spelman for over 30 years.  My sister also followed in their footsteps, joining the staff over a decade ago.  I was inspired by all of their examples and was very grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to join the Spelman Board of Trustees last year.  I am also very proud that the next generation of our family has begun to embrace the Spelman tradition, in that my niece is a proud graduate.   

Why is it important to give back to Spelman?

A Spelman education is one of the greatest gifts a Black woman can ever receive.  It is important that we give back to Spelman to enable more women of the diaspora to have such an extraordinary opportunity.


What words of encouragement do you have to inspire our classmates to support our Beloved Spelman College?

At Spelman, every day we put truth to the notion of being our ancestors’ greatest dream.  We strive to live in a way that will make their sacrifices meaningful.  And we invest in Spelman College to pave the way for those who follow us.

Can you share a special memory from your college years?

When I was a senior at Spelman, I became seriously ill and was forced by the illness to miss class.  One day my doorbell rang, and it was my English professor who said that I had gotten “this close” to having an Honors Thesis and she was not going to let a little illness keep me from it.  She came to my house every week until the end of the semester so that I could get my thesis done.  That is a Spelman education.


How has Spelman College impacted your life?

Spelman College helped me make the choice to change the world, and I strive to live up to that choice every day.  


Will you be attending our 30-year reunion?

Absolutely.  I can’t wait!

bottom of page