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Media Advisory: Rep. Walker, Sen. Tim Scott to Host HBCU Leadership on Capitol Hill, Sec. Betsy DeVos To Keynote

February 22, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a first of its kind event, Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and have invited the Presidents and Chancellors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to participate in a daylong conference at the Library of Congress on Tuesday, February 28th. Currently, there are approximately 85 registered HBCU Presidents scheduled to attend.

The event and discussion panels will focus on opportunity, strengthening bilateral relationships, and celebrating the importance of our country’s HBCUs. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has been confirmed as the event’s keynote speaker. 

In addition to Scott and Walker, confirmed participants include: 

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.)
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)
Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah)
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 
Dr. Michael Lomax, President and CEO, United Negro College Fund

A schedule of the day is below. Events in bold are open to the press.  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Library of Congress
Jefferson Building
10 First Street, SE 
Washington, DC 20540 

9:15 a.m. – Opening remarks by Sen. Scott and Rep. Walker
10:00 a.m. – Discussion I: Bridging the Gap: From classroom to Corporate World 
Moderated by Rep. Trey Gowdy, (R-SC 4th District)

11:00 a.m. – Discussion II: Breaking the Mold 
Moderated by Rep. Walker. Panelists include Sen. Scott, Sen. Rubio. Rep. Byrne, and Rep. Love. 

12:00 p.m. – Press availability session featuring Sen. Scott and Rep. Walker  

12:15pm: Keynote Luncheon
Secretary Betsy DeVos, Department of Education   

2:00pm: Facebook Live Conversation with the Thurgood Marshall Foundation 
Moderated by Johnny Taylor. Panelists include Speaker Ryan, Sen. Scott, and Rep. Walker.

3:00pm: Tour the National Museum African American History and Culture