For nearly 25 years, Aaron was a major contributor to various need-based and scholarship programs at ATC. The Major League Baseball icon also served on the college’s board since 1997. During Black History Month, Atlanta Technical College will honor the life and legacy of Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron with tributes from Hank Aaron Scholars.

Atlanta Technical College has announced its plans to honor the life and legacy of long-time board member and donor Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron with a special ceremony on the college’s campus on Friday, Feb. 5, beginning at 1 p.m. The event, featuring remarks and tributes from a number of Hank Aaron Scholars, coincides with what would have been Aaron’s 87th birthday. On Friday, ATC President Victoria Seals will share remarks and order the flags raised on campus.

Aaron, for whom a building was named in his honor on ATC’s main campus, has been a guiding force for nearly 25 years in supporting the college’s various need-based programs and financial scholarships for students. On Monday, Jan. 25, ATC lowered flags to half-staff to honor his life and impact on the college.

“We could never fully and completely honor the distinguished life and legacy of (Aaron) nor adequately convey what he has meant to the entire ATC family,” Seals said. “However, we want to take his birthday to remember his everlasting impact not only to our college but also to the rich and dynamic history of Black Americans. (Aaron)’s presence and commitment will forever be recognized at ATC as his years of service and philanthropy have helped propel our college, our students, and our ultimate success.”

 

Former Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron, center, is surrounded by family and friends as Atlanta Technical College celebrates his 86th birthday, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Atlanta. Atlanta Technical College renamed an academic complex for the former Atlanta Braves slugger, christening it the Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron Academic Complex. Aaron, a longtime supporter of the college, donates thousands of dollars to the school every year and his Chasing the Dream Foundation awards scholarships to several students. (AP Photo / Ritu Shukla)

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