When you hear about this news in regards to the United States Congress managing to somehow give a fresh breath of air to the 107 historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, in the nation, we guarantee it that you might just be gone like the wind.
After what seems like forever and a day, the ship has finally docked on the campuses at black colleges in the South and the North and the University of the Virgin Islands. So, in fact, we got it all covered like a wedding band now.
According to a recent report by TMCF which supports and represents nearly 50 of the nation’s public black colleges, the United States Congress not only has listened to HBCU community but has also acted and followed through on their word.
“On behalf of our 47 member-schools, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) extends our gratitude to the United States Congress for supporting our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the FY’18 Omnibus Appropriations Act in such a significant way. Through our collective engagement, Congress has not only listened to the HBCU community but has also acted. HBCUs play an integral role in educating the next generation of leaders and shaping our nation’s and local economies,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund in a statement, explaining in details the great news about the nation’s most beloved black colleges that was founded to help educate freed slaves worldwide.
He continued: “We appreciate Congress increasing vital Title III funding which will allow our member-schools to continue building capacity and further demonstrate devoting federal resources to HBCUs remains a sound investment for the entire country. TMCF will continue working with all of our Congressional partners, especially the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, to ensure our HBCUs remain a budgetary priority so they can continue to thrive.”
For too long HBCUs have been too strong, and like a phoenix bursting into flames and getting lost just to find something new: tell them we are still rising.
About Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF member-schools include publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). Publicly-supported HBCUs enroll over 80% of all students attending HBCUs. Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs, and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the K-12 and higher education spaces. The organization is also a source for top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs.
TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information about TMCF, visit: www.tmcf.org.
Mr. Paris Dennard