On Thursday, President Joe Biden appointed Suns point guard Chris Paul to his HBCU Board of Advisors and 17 others, including actor Taraji P. Henson and five other HBCU presidents.
Incredibly humbled to be appointed to President Biden’s HBCU Board of Advisors. Looking forward to working with this amazing group to continue to elevate these historical institutions. #HBCUlove pic.twitter.com/Zc5Im0Alqb
— Chris Paul (@CP3) March 31, 2022
According to the White House, the goal of the Advisory Board is to advance the HBCU Initiative, which the Carter administration started in 1980. The Biden Administration has committed more than $5.8 million towards supporting its financial commitment to HBCUs.
CP3 has become a well-known advocate of the HBCU community, co-producing Why Not Us, an eight-episode docuseries on ESPN that covered the North Carolina Central men’s basketball program. Spike Lee, Henson, and Jerry Lorenzo were also a part of the series. Paul was a part of the push to help start the inaugural NBA HBCU Classic featuring Morgan State and Howard.
Both schools received a $100,000 donation from the League and AT&T to support student-athletes continuing their education.
The 12-time All-Star also partnered with the Harvard Business School to bring its entertainment, media, and sports program to North Carolina A&T and will bring the program to other HBCUs in the future to help provide those opportunities in the same career fields. Paul was also partly responsible for starting voting initiatives to encourage HBCU students to vote.
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