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6 Apr 2018

Charles Barkley gives $250K to online Black history course

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April 6, 2018 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Charles Barkley (Photo: Shutterstock)

 

Associated Press

HERNANDO, Miss. — Charles Barkley has donated $250,000 toward educating Mississippi and Alabama high school students about African-American history.

The Commercial Appeal of Memphis reported last week that the basketball Hall of Famer and TV analyst’s donation to the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi will help fund a digital course on African-Americans’ contributions to public service, science, art and sports.

The course is taught through a partnership between the foundation and education technology company EVERFI.

Barkley says in a statement every child in his home state should have an opportunity to know their history. The Alabama-native says he was born during the civil rights era and has gratitude for Medgar Evers, Congressman John Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Foundation CEO Tom Pittman and EVERFI CEO Tom Davidson say thousands of students will be involved.

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