Social Justice & Diversity

Black Colleges See Kamala Harris as a Much-Needed Champion (1)

Aug. 17, 2020, 2:33 PM

Senator Kamala Harris, the first graduate of a historically Black college or university on a major party presidential ticket, is already giving schools like her alma mater a morale boost. Having an advocate in the White House could bring even more attention, enrollment and funding.

Historically Black schools, which tend to serve lower-income students, are in the spotlight as the U.S. grapples with racism and systemic inequality in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Advocates see Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s choice of Harris as significant, potentially helping such schools to survive and thrive.

“It’s an exciting time for HBCUs,”...

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