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About the Alonzo A. Crim Center

Established in 1996 to provide a “city-wide laboratory for the development of excellence in urban education.”

A grant from the United Parcel Service (UPS) Foundation provided much of the Center’s early funding.  During that time, the Center also received funding from an Annenberg Foundation grant involving a collaborative effort between several school districts and universities designed to create schools that “provided excellent education for low-income African-American children.”

The Crim Center was originally housed in the COE’s Department of Educational Policy Studies.  The Crim Center is currently funded by the Offices of the Dean in the College of Education.

The Crim Center is described as interdisciplinary.  Projects housed in the Center involve faculty from COE departments.  A central goal of the Crim Center is to “bring together faculty who are interested in conducting research and provide services to schools in urban school systems.” Many of the grants awarded to the Crim Center require interdisciplinary approaches whose partners span academic departments and K-12 urban schools.
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Crim Center Legends

Dr. Alonzo A. Crim

Alonzo A. Crim portrait
Alonzo A. Crim was very influential in helping to build the foundation for urban education in the Atlanta area. Crim graduated from Roosevelt College in 1950 with a degree in Sociology, obtained a Masters degree in Education from University of Chicago, and earned his doctorate in Educational administration from Harvard University in 1969.

Asa G. Hilliard, III

Asa G. Hilliard, III
Georgia State University, specifically, the Urban Teacher Leadership Master’s Degree Program, lost a giant on August 13, 2007 when educator, psychologist and historian Asa G. Hilliard III died while leading a study tour in Egypt.

Dr. Lisa Delpit

Dr. Delpit founded the Center in 1997. At that time the name of the organization was The Center for Urban Educational Excellence. Alonzo A. Crim was added after Dr. Crim passing in 2000.

Dr. Benjamin E. Mays

Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
Benjamin E. Mays life began in a humble wooden cabin in Epworth, South Carolina in 1894. Growing up in this town was not easy for the African-American race. Black individuals received much negative attention from racist groups and town members and suffered from extreme poverty. One of Mays’ first memories was that of a White mob forcing his father