#CBContheYard

“Since his inauguration, President Trump has claimed HBCUs are a priority for his administration but time and time again his actions have proved otherwise.” - Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC-12)

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.

“Since his inauguration, President Trump has claimed HBCUs are a priority for his administration but time and time again his actions have proved otherwise. His budget guts the support programs that build a pipeline of deserving students to these colleges and universities and lacks much needed resources for infrastructure improvements.” Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC-12)

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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