NCCU Celebrates 110 Years

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Join North Carolina Central University in celebrating its 110th year of fulfilling founder Dr. James E. Shepard’s vision of developing students of character through rigorous academic training and a commitment to public service. Continue to visit this site for event updates.

The Words of Dr. Shepard

In February 1946, NCCU Founder Dr. James E. Shepard gave a statewide radio address titled "Our Mutual Tasks." Listen to a short snippet from his powerful speech.

Dear Old N.C.C.

Listen to an audio recording of NCCU's Alma Mater, “Dear Old N.C.C.” The lyrics were written by Dr. Shepard's wife, Annie Day Shepard, and revised by Alston W. Burleigh. The music was composed by renowned composer, arranger and concert artist, Harry T. Burleigh, and copyrighted in 1939 by Dr. Shepard.

1909

Chartered as the National Religious Training School and Chautaqua for the Colored Race, Inc.

1916

Reorganized as the National Training School

1923

Purchased by State of North Carolina and renamed the Durham State Normal School for Negroes

1925

Institution is established as liberal arts college – N.C. College for Negroes

1939

First graduate programs established

1940

The School of Law opens

1947

Founder Dr. James Shepard passes away. Institution renamed North Carolina College at Durham.

1969

College is given university status by state legislature and renamed North Carolina Central University

1972

NCCU becomes part of UNC System

1977

Art Museum opens

1991

$1 million gift from Glaxo Inc. establishes university’s first endowed professorship

2000

BBRI opens

2008

BRITE opens

2019

Clyde R. Hoey Administration Building renamed as James E. Shepard Administration Building

2020

NCCU Men’s Basketball named MEAC Regular Season Champions for third consecutive year

Travel with Dr. James E. Shepard

Explore the global travels of Dr. Shepard during his three-month journey in 1907 that would ultimately inspire him to found the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua for the Colored Race, Inc., in 1910.

From a Dream to New Horizons

Much of North Carolina Central University’s history is bound up in the biography of its founder. As we celebrate the campus’s 110th anniversary in 2020, we will hear a great deal about Dr. James E. Shepard’s life and his successes, but we also must understand the hardships he overcame in turning his dream into a reality. 

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