North Carolina Central University (NCCU), located in Durham, N.C., has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month” for January.
NCCU was founded in 1910. Upon its founding, it became the first public liberal arts institution for African-Americans in the nation. Other firsts for the University include being the first school in the University of North Carolina System to offer a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies, the first school within the UNC system to require all students to volunteer in the community as part of their education, and in 2014, the Men’s Basketball team earned NCCU its first trip to the NCAA tournament.
As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’,each school will be promoted on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month. The show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.
Notable alumni include: Julius L. Chambers, former Chancellor and first alumnus to serve as the University’s chief executive. He also established North Carolina’s first integrated law firm. Maynard Jackson, the first African-American mayor of Atlanta, Ga.; Ben Ruffin, civil rights activist, educator, and businessman; and Richard Sligh, professional football player and the tallest player in NFL history.
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