Donald Stewart, the sixth president of Spelman College, made it a priority to uplift Black women’s talents and capabilities in a variety of fields and facilitated the acquisition of works by Black women artists for the College’s permanent holdings. In 1983, he raised funds to purchase several contemporary works by Black women artists and positioned the College as an institution where objects by and about women of the African Diaspora would be accessible, exhibited and regularly discussed. The College acquired works by artists Emma Amos, Betty Blayton, Elizabeth Catlett, Laurie Ourlicht, Lucille Malkia Roberts, Stephanie Pogue, Betye Saar, and Claudia Widdis during that time.