HBCU Action Day The Continuation of A Movement

Washington D.C April 27, 2017 – HBCU Collective National Day of Action was a day of advocacy.  The purpose of #HBCUACTIONDAY was to bring together HBCU students, Alumni and supporters of HBCUs to advocate for policies to preserve and grow HBCUs for their students now and in the future. Thursday morning 40 students and alumni gathered at the Upper West Front of the U.S. Capitol and were greeted by HBCU Collective Leaders. Each participant received a packet which including an official HBCU Collective button, letter from the team, schedule of the day, and a full list of each representative by time and location they were scheduled to meet with. The packet also included detailed information reinforcing what the group was asking for, why and what legislation affected it or supported it.

Also, Read Our Interview with HBCU Collective Leaders


The HBCU Collective scheduled several meetings with congress and held a press conference. The speakers included. Shambulia Gadsden Sams, HBCU Collective Co-Leader, Robert Stephens, HBCU Collective Co-Leader, Dominique Warren, HBCU Collective Co-Leader, Krishana Davis, HBCU Collective Co-Leader, Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, Paul Quinn College President, Dr. David Willson Morgan State University President, Congresswoman Alma Adam (NC-12, Bipartisan HBCU Caucus Co-Chair, Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-12), Congressional Black Caucus Chair, Tiffany Brockington, Howard University Student.




My Day On The Hill

I had the pleasure of joining the group Thursday morning on the hill.  Let me start with saying the HBCU Collective Leaders did an amazing job in putting everything together. This recently established group of young professionals thought of every detail. They had information including scripts, detailed research regarding current legislation detailing how it affected HBCU students. For me and several others, this was our first time on Capitol Hill, first time speaking with our congressmen and congresswoman and our first time advocating for legislation that directly affected us. There were so many other groups and they’re doing the exact same thing. I saw mothers for clean air, miners, monument ideas and so much more. People were going in and out of offices discussing their issues and concerns with the individuals who push legislation. Not many groups looked like our group #youngblack&educated.

Do you plan to be their next year? We are the change we’ve been waiting for!

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