Students attending historically black Tougaloo College in Mississippi held a Flint water drive yesterday.
Tougaloo students and the Madison County community met at the Blackmon building on campus to drop off water that will be sent to residents of Flint, Michigan.
Last week, President Barack Obama pledged to offer support to the people of Flint, whose drinking water had been poisoned after a switch in the water supply to Flint water from Detroit water.
The water supply has since been switched back to Detroit water.
“What is inexplicable and inexcusable is once people figured out that there was a problem there and that there was lead in the water, the notion that immediately families weren’t notified, things weren’t shut down,” said Obama in an interview with CBS.
“If I was a parent in Flint, I’d be beside myself over my kids’ health,” Obama told a crowd of auto workers in Detroit, reports Yahoo! News.
He also said that the government can’t “shortchange basic services that we provide to our people.”
“Help get water for Flint, Michigan’s water crisis,” said one Twitter user. “Let’s make Mayor Weaver proud to say she went to Tougaloo College.”
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is a Tougaloo graduate.