2016 NBCA Hall of Fame Class to Include A&T Alumni

2016 NBCA Hall of Fame Class to Include A&T Alumni

Each year The National Black College Alumni (NBCA) Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honors outstanding graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have made significant contributions to society and have excelled in their chosen field or endeavor.

This year two N.C. A&T alumni –Alvin “Al” Attles Jr. for athletics, and Bishop George W. Brooks Sr., for faith and theology – will be included among the 2016 inductees during the 31st Annual NBCA Hall of Fame Weekend, beginning Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25. in Atlanta, Georgia.

Both Attles and Brooks have obtained noteworthy accomplishments, honors, awards and made significant contributions within their corresponding professional and personal communities as well as N.C. A&T and other institutions of higher education.

Beginning his basketball career at A&T, Attles led the Aggies to two consecutive CIAA championships in 1958 and 1959 and maintains the first and only jersey number to be retired by the Aggie’s basketball team.

As a legendary figure in the world of professional sports, Attles’ 50-plus years of continued service with the NBA’s Philadelphia/Golden State Warriors organization represents the longest active streak of an employee in league history. He is the winningest coach in franchise history, leading the team to seven consecutive winning seasons, two Pacific Division titles and one NBA title.

Brooks provides spiritual empowerment to A&T students through Bible studies, mentoring and retreats. He continues to make a broader impact as he serves on various advisory boards for the university, being a guest lecturer and partnering with the university to offer health education and leadership training for students. Additionally, he was the 2012 Fall Convocation keynote speaker.

Brooks has been a key pillar of faith in the Greensboro community for the pastor four decades. Currently serving as pastor emeritus at Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro, Inc., he also served as the senior pastor of the same ministry beginning in 1975. Under his leadership the ministry grew from a modest 35 members to its current population of nearly 5,000. His influence extends beyond the pulpit as he sits on various boards throughout the community and is the co-founder of the Welfare Reform Liaison Project, a vehicle that helps empower welfare recipients to become self-sufficient.

Along with Attles’ and Brooks’ induction into the hall of fame, two additional A&T alums and one alumni chapter will also be recognized as part of the 2016 Legacy of Leaders Alumni Honorees. Travis P. Jackson ’11 will be honored with the Emerging Leader award and Dan Ford ’90 with the Chairman’s Legacy of Leaders award. For its increased membership and participation, fundraising activities and cross-generational engagement, the Atlanta Chapter of the N.C. A&T Alumni Association, Inc. will be awarded the Large Alumni Chapter of the Year award.

The NBCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honors those outstanding individuals in the African-American community who are graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and represent great achievements.