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Coke gives $6 million to Atlanta black colleges

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Coca-Cola is giving more than $7 million to schools in the Atlanta University Center and its library to fund financially struggling students and the document archive that includes the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers.

The money will be split among Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University and the Morehouse School of Medicine, as well as the Robert W. Woodruff Library, which serves the Atlanta University Center, the country’s largest consortium of historically black colleges.

The funds are part of a $10 million program established to provide educational opportunities for Coke’s African American employees between 2004 and 2008 as part of a class action lawsuit. The $7.2 million award announced Wednesday is the last of those funds.

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