Chris Paul joins ESPN’s First Take to discuss his involvement during HBCU week back in September. As you may recall, Paul supported various HBCUs by wearing gear from colleges such as Spelman College, Savannah State, Lincoln University, and more during the 2019-2020 playoff season. He mentions how he grew up in Winston-Salem and is the only member of his family to not attend a historically black college. Though as of September 25th, 2020, Paul has been taking a class at Winston-Salem State University where his parents both attended. Paul further discusses how important it is to bring attention and awareness to HBCUs, especially the history and the different factors that make these institutions unique.
Originally founded as Slater Industrial Academy in 1892, the institution now known as Winston-Salem State University, is a part of the University of North Carolina. WSSU is a historically black public university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They currently offer over 40 majors and 10 graduate programs to more than 5,000 students. The 117 acre campus consists of 40+ buildings including its infamous Diggs Gallery that was once recognized as one of the top African-American galleries in the region.
WSSU’s intercollegiate athletic teams known as the Rams, participate in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in NCAA Division II. However, in 2007-10, the Rams were members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Winston-Salem State became the first HBCU to win a NCAA Basketball Championship in 1967.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations have active chapters on campus as well as Independent Greek organizations. Some notable WSSU alumni include co-star of ESPN First Take, Stephen A. Smith, and Wild ‘N Out cast member, Anthony “Chico” Bean.