This comprehensive tribute video highlights the vast success of Duke University’s various sporting teams. A seminal moment in Duke’s history took place 50 years ago, in 1963, when the undergraduate school first opened its doors to Black students. These brave pioneers marked the beginning of the diversity and inclusiveness that has been the bedrock of Duke’s success as an institution. Without Black athletes, powerhouses, such as the 4-Time Champion Men’s Basketball Team, would have never materialized. Duke’s broad and renowned athletic department helped catapult the University from a respected academic institution, to an international brand and formidable entity on multiple levels.

Here’s to the phenomenal Black student-athletes who helped craft Duke into the unique, diverse and dominant university it has become.


Jamaal K. Adams (T’97)

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