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Duquesne Dedicates the Chuck Cooper Building

The second annual Chuck Cooper Classic Weekend at Duquesne will kick off with the dedication of the Chuck Cooper Building, which will take place during a special luncheon on campus.

Located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Chatham Square, the Chuck Cooper Building is named for the late Duquesne alumnus, who helped break racial barriers in national sports as the first African-American drafted into the NBA. Cooper, who played for the Duquesne Dukes in the late 1940s, was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1950. He played four years with the Celtics and finished his NBA career with the Fort Wayne Pistons.

The Cooper Building houses a branch of PNC Bank as well as University offices for computing and technology services, energy management, environmental health and safety, and WDUQ.

Cooper's wife, Irva, and their children Chuck Cooper III and Catherine Cooper Mills will be at the luncheon. In addition, the inaugural Chuck Cooper Award will be presented at the luncheon to legendary Pittsburgh Steelers scout and former Pittsburgh Courier journalist Bill Nunn Jr.

The second annual Chuck Cooper Classic Weekend is presented by PNC Financial Services Group.

When: Friday, Feb. 11, at noon.

Where: The Africa Room, Duquesne Union, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.