Pharrell Williams pays off student loans for 5 NAACP young leaders

GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP) – A graduate of North Carolina A&T State University is one of five NAACP young leaders who can say their student loan debt is a thing of the past thanks to Pharrell Williams.

The rapper and singer-songwriter behind the hit song “Happy,” more often known simply as Pharrell, announced the kind act during an NAACP panel ahead of the DC Something in the Water music festival.

Damarius Davis, one of five recipients, is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University. The others were Southern University junior Robyn Hughes, Norfolk State University graduate Jamie Turner, Howard University senior Channing Hill, and Florida A&M University senior Devan Vilfrard.

Video from the event shows the five – including Davis in a “Proud Aggie Alumni” shirt – stunned by the news.

“I can say for myself, I don’t know, just listen to everyone and everything,” Davis said after hearing the news. “I literally had to work three jobs my freshman year just to survive and stuff. My parents were struggling so much just to have this so just that is to say, I’m so grateful right now. I appreciate you a lot. Thanks.”

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