The daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, has formally enrolled at Spelman College in Georgia.
The historically Black liberal arts college for women in Atlanta will welcome her daughter, according to the Academy Award-winning actress, who made the announcement on Sunday. Through an Instagram post featuring Zahara and her classmates dressed in school attire, Jolie broke the news.
“Zahara with her sisters from Spelman!” Jolie penned. “I’m happy for all of the new pupils that are starting this year. a very special location and a privilege to have a relative join the Spelman girls.
Jolie-Pitt is the latest renowned Black woman to attend Spelman College. Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker, as well as the late Esther Rolle and actors Cassi Davis and Keshia Knight Pulliam were former classmates.
When Zahara was a 5-month-old orphan in Ethiopia, Jolie adopted her. Pitt and Jolie’s then-boyfriend travelled to the continent of Africa in 2005 to complete the adoption; the following year, Zahara and Maddox were formally adopted by Pitt. The ex-couple also had twins Knox and Vivienne, Shiloh, Pax, and Shiloh.
In an effort to expand safeguards for all groups under the Violence Against Women Act, Jolie and her daughter visited Washington, D.C., at the end of the previous year.
In a statement at the time, Jolie said she was “honoured to visit Washington, DC, with Zahara, working with advocates and lawmakers to modernise and strengthen the #ViolenceAgainstWomenAct to include protections for children’s health and safety, communities of colour, tribes, LGBTQ survivors, rural areas, and all survivors.”
“We need reforms that include judicial training, trauma-informed court procedures that reduce the risk of harm to children, grant programmes for technology to detect bruising across all skin tones and create non-biased forensic evidence collection, and protections for the most vulnerable,” the report states.