NCCU is a public HBCU in the University of North Carolina system and located in Durham, North Carolina. The university was founded in 1910 under the vision of Dr. James E. Shepard, a Durham pharmacist, and religious educator. The National Religious Training School and Chautauqua for the Colored Race were the names of his schools. In 1915, after a financial struggle, the school was sold and reorganized as the National Training school. In 1923 the state bought the school and renamed it the Durham State Normal School only to be converted to the North Carolina College for Negroes–dedicated to liberal arts education and the preparation of teachers and principals. It was the nation’s first state-supported liberal arts college for black students.
Notable Alumni Include: Andre Leon Talley, Editor-at-Large of Vogue Magazine; civil rights activist Ben Ruffin; and singer Sunshine Anderson.