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ICYMI: Greensboro News and Record: "A new champion for HBCUs?"

February 10, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) on Wednesday, February 8th, announced that he – with U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) – would be hosting a daylong conference with Presidents and Chancellors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at the Library of Congress on Tuesday, February 28th.

Following is a summary of news coverage:


Greensboro News and Record: A new champion for HBCUs?

"In her place, a new champion seems to have emerged: Rep. Mark Walker, the Greensboro Republican."

"Walker appears to be doing more than talking the talk here. His wife, Kelly, got her nursing degree from Winston-Salem State, the HBCU in Winston-Salem. Walker was on the A&T campus for its 100th birthday bash last spring. He joined the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, which now has 58 members from both parties and both houses. And he and Adams last summer started a new internship program where their two congressional offices share interns from HBCUs in their districts."

"Some heavy hitters have confirmed for Walker's Feb. 28 event. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina is the co-host along with Walker. Sen. Marco Rubio and House Speaker Paul Ryan are going. So is Rep. Bradley Byrne, the former Alabama community college system leader and co-chair of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus; and Johnny Taylor, the Thurgood Marshall Foundation president."


ABC News: GOP Lawmakers to Meet With Leaders of Black Colleges

"Republicans are planning to meet with leaders of historically black colleges and universities in the nation's capital to discuss ways to help the schools survive in challenging times.

"The meeting, spearheaded by South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, will bring leaders from the nation's 100-plus HBCUs to the Library of Congress on Feb. 28 to meet with Republican officials and supporters and discuss ways for the colleges and universities to work with the federal government and corporations."