Since 1924, American Baptist College has carried out its mission of developing Christian leaders and preparing them to serve and work for social change and justice in the world. The college produced some influential civil rights leaders, including Julius Scruggs, Bernard LaFayette, Jim Bevel, William Barbee and John Lewis. Under the guidance of Professor J.F. Grimmett, the Rev. Kelly Miller Smith and the Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, these young men participated in the Nashville sit-in movement and set the tone for nonviolent protest in the South. Visitors can honor the contributions of these activists by visiting Griggs Hall, the first building to be erected on the campus.