Hillary Clinton Promises To Spend $25 Billion On Historically Black Colleges

Hillary Clinton campaigned with first lady Michelle Obama in North Carolina on Oct. 27. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) In the last week of the presidential campaign, Democratic contender Hillary Clinton offered up a plan to spend $25 billion in federal funds on historically black colleges and universities. There are 107 HBCUs in the U.S., including Howard University in Washington, D.C., Morehouse College in Atlanta and Tuskegee University in Alabama. “African Americans still face unique barriers when it comes to graduating college,” she said in an op-ed piece today for The Root, an online news and opinion site from the African-American perspective. “Black students are still less likely to graduate within six years, and they are significantly more likely to need to work part-time while in school. So we need to do more to close the gaps and give all our kids the best chance to succeed.” The HBCUs, many of which were established in the South after the Civil War, accept students of all races but the principal mission remains the education of black students. Clinton’s plan for a $25 billion “investment” would go to all the HBCUs, public or private. “That includes expanding on-campus child care and creating more scholarships for students who are...

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