Students, alumni and friends of America’s historically black colleges and universities are set to gather on Capitol Hill on April 27 for a National Day of Action to increase support and awareness of black institutions of higher learning. The mission of the rally is to urge the White House, members of Congress, and state and local officials to maintain funding and increase resources for the hundreds of thousands of students enrolled at HBCUs every year. Organized by the HBCU Collective—a group of advocates who work in politics, education and policy for the more than 100 black institutions of higher learning—will bring together students, alumni and supporters to encourage their individual members of Congress to increase financial support, provide research grants and expand funding for facilities at HBCUs. “Alumni and students play an integral role in preserving and growing our HBCUs,” explained Robert Stephens, co-leader of the HBCU Collective. “We’re here to make sure our elected officials see and feel the importance of HBCUs—and we’re here to hold them accountable for their support.” Black colleges and universities have faced a number of challenges in recent years, resulting in declines in enrollment and school closings, often with a lack of public awareness…. Read full this story
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