Charles Barkley Donates $1 Million to Spelman College

Charles Barkley, the NBA legend who has already made major donations to two local colleges, is adding Spelman College to his philanthropic portfolio.

Barkley said this past week that he is donating $1 million to Spelman, after seeing the impact that the Atlanta-based historically Black women’s college has made on Jordyn Hudson, the daughter of his business partner, John Hudson.

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“John has been a great mentor, a great friend and a great business partner,” Barkley told Alabama news site “I was ready to do another HBCU and with his daughter doing great things at Spelman, so I told him, ‘Why not there?’”

Jordyn Hudson will be Spelman’s sophomore class president this fall. Last summer, the Birmingham native produced the documentary “Shape the Culture: Then & Now,” which looked at how activists of the 1960s are connected with today’s youth activists.

The announcement, which came Thursday, was a complete shock to the Spelman community. Which is not a surprise. Barkley has been known to announce his major donations before informing the schools.

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SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ernie Suggs

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