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Gabby Douglas

16-Year-Old Recruited HARD

By Black College

8/9/2012 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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16-year-old Gabby Douglas is officially being recruited by one of the most prestigious black universities in the country ... Spelman College ... and TMZ has learned the school president has even flown to London to get a leg up on the competition.

We've learned ... Spelman -- an all-girl college in Georgia -- wants Gabby in a bad way ... and sources at the University tell us the Team USA gymnastics superstar has become the number 1 recruit ... by far.

In fact, the President of Spelman, Beverly Daniel Tatum (not pictured below), went out to London and made sure Gabby got a Spelman gift bag ... containing a congratulatory note, school t-shirt and a CD containing a song produced by the college.

0808_gaby_spelman_subTatum also released a statement to TMZ ... in which she acknowledges the school would LOVE to get its hands on the gold medal winner:

"A young woman who has demonstrated the drive and discipline needed to achieve world-class excellence is likely to have what it takes to be successful at Spelman, and we would welcome her interest in the college."

Spelman is no joke ... both Martin Luther King Jr. and Bill Cosby have daughters who attended S.C.

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Scott Levy    

Why is there a need for such segregation in this day and age? A black college? Such a thing shouldn't exist, anymore than a "white college" should.

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LadyN    

I will never understand why it is perfectly acceptable to have an "all black" college but, if there was an "all white" college, there would be a huge uproar. Shouldn't people who complain about not be included, include others by example? But at any rate, Gabby had the world in her hand right now and I wish the best for her.

772 days ago
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Bob    

Congrats for all of her hard work at the Olympics, but I am confused by the TMZ headline. She was recruited hard by a BLACK college? I thought segregation was outlawed in the 60's. We should not have white or black (or yellow or green) colleges anywhere in the world. Everyone is equal now (as they always should have been) and collegiate segregation is disgusting. If you are eligible for admission, that is all that should matter. Nobody should ask about your race. Your academic performance should be the only deciding factor.

772 days ago
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Birdsht    

We get it!!!! Being black is special and you are in an exclusive club. The rest of us know we could never be so lucky. We dont have our own colleges and we dont get our own tv channel.

772 days ago
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Kristoferian    

This is ridiculous, a BLACK COLLEGE? While Martin Luther King Jr, preached abolishing segregation he sent his kids to an all black school? Why even today? Black Rights groups would complain about an all white college. Just have regular colleges not just one race at each!

772 days ago
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IKnowthismuch    

Some of you people need to do your research. Yes it's considered a Historically Black College, but it doesn't stop any other race from applying or attending. Only you choose to either apply or not.

772 days ago
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LDB    

They just want her for publicity

772 days ago
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IKnowthismuch    

Is it still ridiculous to still have Cathloic Universities? Jewish Universities in this country? Why can't there still be Historically Black Colleges and Universities? As long as they are still accredited and meet the required standards, why can't they still Operate?

772 days ago
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LDB    

If she was white Spelman wouldn't even approach her

771 days ago
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EggsOverEasy    

"A young woman who has demonstrated the drive and discipline needed to achieve world-class excellence is likely to have what it takes to be successful at Spelman, and we would welcome her interest in the college."??

First off, try not to be so high and mighty.. There are hundreds or thousands of women who are capable of meeting and exceeding what it takes to be successful at Spelman, only more than likely they will not make it into your fine school because their fathers are not the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. or Bill Cosby both of whom I respect..

Second, I suspect this talented young woman can go ANYWHERE and be successful, and will be a superstar even if she never attends your fine school..

It might appear that you want to pedigree her, hopefully she is more interested in changing and improving the world.. Maybe you can meet in the middle and we will all be better off for it..

771 days ago
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Poule    

Way to go baby Gabby, we wish you the best !

771 days ago
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Just_Me    

Spelman is an excellent choice! I hope she attends, it's a great college!

771 days ago
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crazy christmas pie    

White people making stupid racist comments here about something you don't and haven't even tried to understand. If you did't know it white people most of the universities in the USA are historically white universities--all of the Ivy Leagues, the University of (you name it), Hampton Sydney College, Middlebury. . . .etc, take your pick--they just are not acknowledged as that. Idiots, whites can attend Spellman (unfortunately), it is not exclusively black, it is historically is--and there is a 400 year history related to why HBCUs came into existence and were and still are necessary-- that you just don't understand--so please shut you stupid mouths about reverse racism. white people in the US are, for the most part an idiotic bread-- dumb, but you think you're smarter than everyone else, so that makes you pathetic, because your minds are closed to reason and truth.

And TMZ, why the hell is my comment from another post, here?

771 days ago
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Susan62509    

Good grief.....give Gabby a break, let her get home, unwind and relax. Stop dogging the young girl just to get PR for your college.

771 days ago
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HumanNature    

I DID NOT READ WHERE HARVARD, YALE OR ANY OTHER UNIVERSITY WAS HEAVILY RECRUITING" ANY ONE"!!!!!


SMART MOVE SPELMAN!!!!!

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