Stories tagged: "HBCU"


NC native and NBA great Chris Paul at his 2022 graduation from Winston-Salem State University. Paul's Social Change Fund United has given a small business grant to a Black-owned juice bar in his native city. (Image via Social Change Fund United on Facebook)
North Carolina Black-Owned Business Lands Grant Money From NBA Stars, Including NC Native Chris Paul

Owner William Fulton plans to use the grant money to expand his business’ sales market into other parts of North Carolina.

Bennett College team, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1934. Ruth Glover is third from left. (Courtesy of the Greensboro Historical Museum.)
The Night the Sports World Revolved Around Two Black Women’s Basketball Teams in Greensboro

A new podcast is reviving interest in the Jim Crow era of women’s sports, including a 1934 matchup between NC’s Bennett College and the best Black women’s team in the nation. 

NY Racing owner John Cohen, who played football at Grambling State University from 1993-1997,  returned to the NASCAR Cup Series with a Chevrolet Camaro repping the GSU Tigers.  Cohen was joined by three other Black owners, including Michael Jordan and his former NC State teammate, Brad Daugherty. (Photo provided by John Cohen)
Daytona 500’s Historic Diversity Revved Up a Broader Audience

With a Black race director, grand marshal, a driver, four owners, and a car sporting HBCU colors, this year's Daytona 500 was the most diverse ever.

Numerous bomb threats against historically Black colleges across the nation evoke memories of racist violence, like the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama church that killed four young girls and injured many others. (AP Photo)
‘I’m Tired of Being Terrorized Like My Grandparents’: HBCU Bomb Threats Echo Civil Rights Attacks

Coinciding with Black History Month, the offenses echo racist attacks from the Civil Rights era and are being investigated as hate crimes.

DeWitt Powell, Jones Lake's longtime park superintendent, vigilantly guarded the atmosphere of peace and dignity of the park. No litter or profanity was permitted, and Black families could camp, hike, fish, swim or just relax on the lake's shores. Powell, who held his post for decades,  established that atmosphere in the Jim Crow era, against the odds in rural Bladen County.
How the ‘MLK of Jones Lake’ Made This NC Park an Island of Equality

Jones Lake State Park, North Carolina’s first to admit Black visitors, was a place guests could breathe freely, thanks to its first Black park superintendent.