Angelina Jolie is sending another child to college in the fall: Her 17-year-old daughter, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, will attend Spelman College, a college that has been for black women throughout history, in Atlanta , Georgia , in the fall. .
The Oscar -winning actress shared the announcement in an Instagram post on Sunday.
“Zahara with her Spelman sisters!” the proud mother wrote in the post, which featured her daughter posing with future classmates at Spelman College. “Congratulations to all the new students starting this year. A very special place and an honor to have a new Spelman girl as a member of the family.”
Jolie also added the hashtags to her post: “#spelman #spelmancollege #spelmansisters #HBCU.”
The mother of six was also seen celebrating her daughter’s acceptance over the weekend at a Spelman and Morehouse College alumni event in Los Angeles . In the video , which has more than 355,000 views on Twitter , Jolie can be seen laughing with other parents and dancing to the ‘Electric Slide.’ A mom holds Jolie’s hand as she teaches her some of her dance moves, until the Eternals actress walks out of her and hugs Zahara. Another parent gives Jolie a fist bump for trying out the dance.
Jolie adopted her daughter Zahara from Ethiopia in 2005 when she was six months old. The actress also has five other children with her ex-husband Brad Pitt: Maddox, 20; Pax, 18; Shiloh, 16; and twins Knox and Vivienne, 14. Zahara is the second daughter of the Jolie-Pitt family to go to college. In 2019, Maddox Jolie-Pitt began her freshman year at Yonsei University in South Korea .
While many fans on social media were surprised at how quickly Zahara grew up, others praised Jolie for sending their daughter to an HBCU, a historically black college.
“Is your little baby in college? This is not possible! Congratulations!” one user commented on Jolie’s Instagram post.
“Having Angelina Jolie send her daughter to the Spelman made me love her even more,” one person tweeted.
“I have always had respect for the way you raised your children, especially the adopted ones,” another person wrote. “Angie has always made sure they appreciate their cultures.”
“The important question here is… How old am I if that baby is going to college?” another fan commented.
Jolie has spoken before about the importance of instilling in her daughter the knowledge and understanding of her Ethiopian roots. In 2020, Jolie shared how “in awe” she is for her daughter during a conversation with Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate for TIME 100 . While discussing how American schools address black history in her curriculum, Jolie said, “I don’t know about the schools in Uganda, but I know that inEUthere is a big question… My daughter is from Ethiopia, one of my sons. And I’ve learned a lot from her.”
“She is my family, but she is an extraordinary African woman,” she continued. “Her connection with her country, her continent, is great, she is hers and she is something that only amazes me.”
That same year, the 47-year-old philanthropist spoke about raising her children amid “structural racism” in the US, while acknowledging her own experiences with white privilege.
“A system that protects me but might not protect my daughter, or any other man, woman or child in our country based on the color of their skin, is intolerable,” Jolie told Harper’s Bazaar .
“We need to move beyond sympathy and good intentions to laws and policies that truly address structural racism and impunity. Ending police abuse is just the beginning,” she stated. “It goes way beyond that, to every aspect of society, from our education system to our politics.”
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