Congressional Black Caucus Launch HBCU Tour

Per USA Today, In an ongoing effort to better engage students in the HBCU community, the Congressional Black Caucus has launched a tour of black colleges and universities around the country. Although members frequent campuses within their sector, this tour is the first of its kind designed to promote HBCU inclusion.

With their next stop at Morgan State University on May 1, Bennie Thomas, a member of the CBC hopes to visit “as many places as possible” to spur more political involvement for the nation’s best and brightest black students.

As most doctors, lawyers, and other high-powered African-American citizens hail primarily from Historically Black Colleges and University’s, Washington officials are strategically placing an emphasis on being more inclusive.

“If we’re going to create a perfect union for black families, we have to listen, involve, and mobilize young black leaders — and ground zero for many of them is an HBCU,” said the chairman of the CBC and Morehouse grad Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond.

His sentiments echo the thoughts of many Washington lawmakers, as the topic of HBCU’s has been at the forefront of today’s political discussions.

Earlier in the year, President Trump invited nearly 80 HBCU officials to the Oval Office to hold a conference, and candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders also made rounds on HBCU campuses.

But, in the eyes of the Congressional Black Caucus, these efforts are minute when there is so much potential amongst students of historically black colleges and universities.

“We are all very impressed with the students who attend HBCUs and we want to continue to listen to them and make sure that what they see as important for them is incorporated in what we do every day here in Washington,” said, representative Bennie Thompson. “It’s like a talk-to-us-kind of session, not a listen-to-us-give-a speech” session.

Hopefully, the recognition for what our HBCUs have to offer continues on an upward trend!

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