"In his signing statement on the Omnibus appropriations bill, Trump signaled that he may not implement construction funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities due to supposed constitutional concerns. Trump’s statement is not only misinformed factually, it is not grounded in any serious constitutional analysis. For a President who pledged to reach out to African-Americans and other minorities, this statement is stunningly careless and divisive. We urge him to reconsider immediately." - CBC Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02) and Top Judiciary Democrat John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI-13)

Fighting for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) is one of the CBC’s highest priorities because HBCUs are important contributors to the strength of the African American community and our nation.

"HBCUs take a rough stone and polish it into a gem." - CBC Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02)

The CBC has launched a tour of HBCUs called #CBCOnTheYard. The goal of the tour is to listen, involve, and mobilize students to effect change in their communities and to get their thoughts on the direction of the country and issues that affect their lives. So far, the CBC has hosted tour events at Morehouse College, Xavier University, Bowie State University, and Howard University. The CBC hopes to tour as many of the 105 HBCUs as possible before the end of the 115th Congress.

Among African Americans, 13 percent of CEOs, 40 percent of engineers, 40 percent of health professionals, 50 percent of teachers, 50 percent of non-HBCU professors, 50 percent of lawyers, 80 percent of judges, and 90 percent with bachelor’s degrees in STEM subjects graduated from an HBCU. Additionally, a countless number of African-American political leaders, including past and present CBC members, graduated from an HBCU. In fact, 40 percent of the CBC’s current members graduated from one or more HBCUs.

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