The establishment of Sojourner-Douglass College represented a struggle by community leaders and community organizations in the Black community of Baltimore for community self-determination. In the early 1970s, community groups, leaders and the local Council of Churches began discussing the educational needs of local residents and came together working with Antioch College to form Adult Education, Inc. An agreement was reached to found the Homestead Montebello Center of Antioch College, which would serve the Black community by working toward community self-reliance and providing a “culturally pluralistic learning environment.” The Homestead Montebello Center was established in fall 1972 to facilitate the creation of an independent four year college, sharing an agreement with Antioch that Homestead Montebello Center would eventually “spin off” to become an independent institution.

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