Youtube channel, NCCULife, posts its 2020 Virtual Homecoming celebration to celebrate North Carolina Central University’s 110 years of Excellence. The university’s marching band, Marching Sound Machine, can be seen in the video along with the Lovely Ladies of eClipse.
NCCU or NC Central is a public historically black university located in Durham, North Carolina. It was originally founded as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua for the Colored Race by James E. Shepard. Chautauqua during this time was an educational movement in the Northeast. The school later opened as a private institution in 1910 and also received funding from former president, Woodrow Wilson. After going through several name changes such as the Durham State Normal School for Negroes and the North Carolina College for Negroes, the 1969 General Assembly finally changed the name to North Carolina Central University after being designated as one of North Carolina’s regional universities.
According to the university’s Fall 2020 statistics, NCCU had a total of 8,078 enrolled students including 6,000 undergraduate and 1,600 graduate students. 71.6% of students were Black meanwhile 9.7% were white and 6.6% were Hispanic. In addition, they offer over 130 student organizations and 12 honor societies.
NCCU athletics also known as the maroon and Eagles, participate in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in NCAA Division I. They offer football, softball, baseball, basketball, track, tennis, volleyball, golf, and bowling. Popular HBCU rivals include North Carolina A&T State University and Winston-Salem State University.