HBCU Students Lobby NC Lawmakers

Students and HBCU’s from Shaw University, St. Augustine’s University, NC Central University, Fayetteville State University, Winston-Salem State University, Bennett College and NC A&T State University took part in a lobby day at the NC Legislature on Wednesday. Their aim was to protect voting rights and highlight the vital role that HBCU schools play in the state.

This is a yearly event where students met with state lawmakers to voice concerns about policies that impact their campuses. Organized by the nonpartisan Common Cause NC, students

“As HBCU students, we want people to know that our schools add value and diversity to the state’s workforce and are an asset to North Carolina’s economy,” said Hakeem Dykes, a former HBCU Democracy Fellow with Common Cause NC. Dykes noted that nationally, over half of all African-Americans with a professional degree graduated from an HBCU.

Topics Discussed

They discussed voter suppression laws, tuition, funding, and safety. In addition to expressing the important role of HBCUs, students urged lawmakers to oppose any effort to suppress voter participation.

The Common Cause HBCU Student Action Alliance is a student-led network rooted in North Carolina’s 10 historically black colleges and universities, working to hold power accountable at every level, from campus to the capitol.

Source http://commoncausenc.org

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