Sojourner–Douglass College was an American private college organized around an Afrocentric focus of study, located in Baltimore, Maryland. The college was founded in 1972 and focused on educating mature students. The college's accreditation was revoked by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools effective June 30, 2015, and the college remains closed for instruction.
Established in 1972 as the Homestead-Montebello Center of Antioch University, the institution became an independent entity with a four-year program on July 1, 1980 and was named in honor of African-American abolitionists Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass.
Charles Simmons Ph.D., was the institution's first and only president. In 2013, he was recognized "for a lifetime of dedication to reducing inequalities" at the Second Annual Symposium on the Social Detereminants of Health.
Sojourner–Douglass College's bachelor's degree programs were geared toward adult learners. S-DC also offered a master's degree in applied social science. It was accredited by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
The college suffered from financial difficulties with its regional accreditation being threatened several times. In March 2014, Sojourner was placed on "show cause" status with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Until September 1, 2015 it had to convince its accreditor not to revoke its accreditation.
On June 29, 2015, Sojourner–Douglass College filed for a 14-day temporary restraining order against Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which was denied on June 30, 2015. On July 1, 2015, Sojourner–Douglass College sued the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for violating the Civil Rights Act of 1866 by revoking their accreditation. On August 24, 2015, U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander ruled against restoring Sojourner-Douglass' accreditation, while the college's lawsuit against the Middle States Commission on Higher Education was allowed to move forward. In addition to denying the request for an injunction, Hollander dismissed two counts in the lawsuit, racial discrimination and breach of contract, without prejudice. She gave the college 17 days to revise the lawsuit.
In May 2016 the College listed its main 185,703 square foot central campus as well as it's secondary 34,761 square foot administrative building for sale.
The satellite campus in Nassau, Bahamas, closed on July 29, 2016.
Satellite campuses were located in other areas in Maryland (Annapolis, Cambridge, Salisbury, Owings Mills, and Lanham) as well as in Nassau, Bahamas.
On September 23, 2016, the former main campus, in Baltimore, had a 2-alarm fire, with heavy smoke and modeate fire on the third floor. The fire took about 30-minutes to get under control. No injuries were reported, since the college lost its accreditation in 2015.