Honoring the Legacy and Importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Hbcus)by Representative Alcee L. Hastings
Posted on 2015-12-07
in the house of representatives
Monday, December 7, 2015
Mr. HASTINGS. Mr. Speaker, I am honored to rise today to recognize
the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
As a graduate of the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU), I know all too well the importance HBCUs play in the fabric of our country. They prepare students for careers that span all disciplines, teach students the value of self-worth, the importance of culture, history, and legacy.
Growing up during a time when colleges were not readily available for African-Americans, HBCUs played a vital role in educating African American youth. They continue to play an important role in educating students from all walks of life. They offer students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents to serve both domestically and internationally. According to the United Negro College Fund. HBCUs are responsible for producing approximately 70% of all black doctors and dentists, 50% of black engineers and public school teachers, and 35% of black lawyers.
I am extremely proud of all the HBCU Caucus is doing to recognize the importance of HBCUs and proud to be a member of the caucus. As a member of the caucus and an HBCU alumnus, I am committed to continue funding these critical institutions and ensuring our nation's youth have access to quality affordable education.
Mr. Speaker, I once again want to stress the importance of HBCUs and urge my colleagues to continue to support them. They are the bedrock of our nation and symbolic of how our nation came together to ensure all students have access to quality affordable education.