Sunshine State News
Four representatives from Florida — Democrats Corrine Brown, Gwen Graham, Alcee Hastings and Frederica Wilson — joined more than 30 other members of Congress to start the Bipartisan Congressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus on Tuesday.
Florida has four HBCUs: Florida A&M University (FAMU) and private schools Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters College and Florida Memorial University. Across the nation, there are more than 100 HBCUs with more than 300,000 students.
.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., and U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., will co-chair the new caucus which defines it mission as “to highlight and address unique challenges that HBCUs face; and to make sure their needs are heard and recognized on Capitol Hill.” U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., are the vice chairs. Members of the group range from liberals like U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., to conservatives like U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. read more