On Wednesday (Nov 15), Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, daughter of Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt, was revealed as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated at Spelman College.
Zahara enrolled at Spelman in the Fall 2022 school year and made headlines when the Academy Award-winning actress announced that she would be attending the HBCU.
“Coming all the way from the Golden State in the city that is full of angels, Los Angeles, California … I am this line’s number seven,” the 18 year-old said on stage.
In the fall of Aug 2022, Jolie took to her Instagram to post about her daughters admittance into the Atlanta college. “Zahara with her Spelman sisters!” the proud mom captioned the post, which featured her daughter posing with future Spelman classmates. “Congratulations to all new students starting this year. A very special place and an honor to have a family member as a new Spelman girl.”
The mom of six was also seen on campus during Spelman and Morehouse’s Back To School send off. Jolie even joined in on the electric slide with the other parents.
On social media, the photos and videos of the actor taking the time to pose for photographs during her visit to her daughter’s college prompted praise from students and fans alike. Many applauded Jolie for her down-to-earth behavior during the visit.
“She is an extraordinary African woman”
Jolie adopted her daughter Zahara from Ethiopia in 2005 when she was six months old. The actress also shares five other children with ex-husband Brad Pitt: Maddox, 20, Pax, 18, Shiloh, 16, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 14. Zahara is the second child from the Jolie-Pitt clan to go to college.
Jolie has previously spoken about the importance of raising her daughter with the knowledge and understanding of her Ethiopian roots. In 2020, Jolie shared how “in awe” she is of her daughter during a conversation with Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate for TIME 100. While discussing how American schools cover Black history in their curriculum, Jolie said: “I don’t know about the schools in Uganda, but I know in the United States there’s a very big question…My daughter is from Ethiopia, one of my children. And I have learned so much from her.”
“She is my family, but she is an extraordinary African woman,” she continued. “Her connection to her country, her continent, is very – it’s her own and it’s something I only stand back in awe of.”