Charles Barkley is well known for his play on the court during his heyday in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets, but off-the-court, he’s mostly known for his role as an outspoken TV analyst.
Recently, Barkley made a donation that didn’t make a whole lot of headlines, but one that should be widely celebrated and acknowledged.
According to a report from DiverseEducation.com, Barkley donated $1 million to Tuskegee University, his fifth major donation to a historically Black college (HBCU).
Barkley, who attended Auburn University, has given $1 million each to Alabama A&M University and ClarkAtlanta University, and another $1 million to Morehouse College back in 2017 according to the report.
In 2020, he also gave $1 million to Miles College. Barkley hopes the donation will go to academic scholarships, although it is free to be used for any purposes by the college.
“Sir Charles” said he is concerned about the effect the pandemic is having on Black students.
He donated 200 computers to his former high school in Leeds and AT&T gave free wireless access to the students for a year, according to WVTM-TV in Alabama.