Paul Quinn College basketball court

Basketball court designs have evolved from simplistic markings that provide demarcations for dimensions to space for team logos, corporate advertisements and unique style compositions.

But the new court at Paul Quinn College in Dallas is one that features an important history lesson.

Unveiled Tuesday, the court inside the school’s Health and Wellness Center features Paul Quinn’s connection to the city, with an eye-popping black, silver  and purple color scheme that features the Dallas skyline from pre-integration 1920s.

“Those of us at Paul Quinn College, we really weren’t welcome in Downtown Dallas, Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell told FOX 4 in Dallas. “That was the Jim Crow South.”

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Sorrel, who worked closely with designer Ryan Parker, explained the historical significance of confronting the city’s “uncomfortable history.”

“We are going to build our path forward on this uncomfortable history,” he said. “He (Parker) went back and looked at our institution and looked at what we stand for, looked at what we mean to this community, look at how we advocate for our community and said, ‘Let’s turn this into a history lesson,’ And that’s what it is.”



10 COMMENTS

  1. Check it out !
    NCAA subscribes to wooden basketball courts to have playoffs and tourney official games.
    Hope it will not hurt Paul Quinn.

  2. The Basketball arena is so beautiful, I can still remember when this court was Bishop College, basketball court , I also remember as a player playing and coaching on the old gymnasium court

    I also recall when PQC was in Waco, Texas. I still remember when I was the Women Basketbsll Coach at PQC from 1984 – 1989.

    When I look at the new arena at PQC in Dallas, Texas, it makes me feel so happy for all those who was involved with this most beautiful court in all HBCU. God bless you Mr. President and staff.

    I know that every student, staff and administrators, are very proud to be a part of PQC.

    KEEP the great work up, I will always be a part of the history of Paul Quinn College.

  3. […] Basketball court designs have evolved from simplistic markings that provide demarcations for dimensions to space for team logos, corporate advertisements and unique style compositions. But the new court at Paul Quinn College in Dallas is one that features an important history lesson. Unveiled Tuesday, the court inside the school’s Health and Wellness Center features Paul Quinn’s connection to the city, with an eye-popping black, silver  and purple color scheme that features the Dallas skyline from pre-integration 1920s. Read more  […]

  4. Great, but why the pre-integration 1920s skylines? Seems to keep that painful history alive and hopefully the students dormitories, Cafeteria, libraries and other physical structures are just as stunning, modern & State of the art. Congratulations, tho.

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