NBA Legend Charles Barkley Donates $1 Million to Fourth Historically Black College

Charles Barkley left Auburn University after his junior year, before he could finish his degree in health and physical education. In the years since he retired from the NBA, though, the Hall of Famer has become a tireless advocate for higher education—and, to that end, has put his money to work in support of African-American students.

Charles recently donated $1 million to Miles College, a historically black college and university (HBCU) in Fairfield, Alabama, roughly 25 miles from his hometown of Leeds. That marks the TNT mainstay’s fourth seven-figure contribution to an HBCU since 2016. Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College in Atlanta have also been on the receiving end of Charles’ generosity.

"I just think what it's costing these kids to go to college today is a travesty in this country, and I know historically black colleges are struggling,” Charles told CNN. “I wanted to do something to help them and I'm going to continue to help them."

In the case of Miles College, Charles’ gift is expected to help the school launch a broader, $100 million fundraising campaign. The 11-time All-Star and 1993 NBA MVP also hopes to see his largesse allocated for academic purposes.


Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.