The government, he said, should also restore year-round Pell Grants that enable students to finish college faster and with less debt, and remove time limits on the grants to benefit growing numbers of part-time students who may require more than 12 semesters to graduate. Present alongside Trump was one of his most visible black aides, Omarosa Manigault, who holds degrees from two HBCUs: Central State University in OH and Howard University in Washington.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. He appointed Betsy DeVos to be the Secretary of Education, a woman whose propagation of "school-choice" and war against public schools have destroyed fair academic opportunities for Black families throughout MI.
When the administration of President Donald Trump announced that there would be a "listening session" with HBCU presidents at the White House there were concerns that the meeting would be nothing more than a photo opportunity for a president that has stumbled badly when it comes to reaching out to Blacks.
In spite of negative comments online and in social media from students and alumni, an overwhelming majority of the presidents from the 101 accredited public and private historically black colleges and universities across the country were in attendance for Monday's historic meeting. "They started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal access to education", read DeVos's statement on Monday.
Trump's order moves the Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from the Department of Education into the executive office of the White House. Politico reported that the president could put his stamp of approval on the rumored legislation as soon as Tuesday.
"You people are doing an awesome job", Trump said, according to four people who were there, with two saying that he used the phrase three different times.
"My job in this world is not to advocate for myself", Carpenter said about what she's learned while at Howard. Trump is expected to soon release an executive order aimed at helping black colleges and universities.
In an interview after her luncheon appearance, Adams said that she and Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA-2], Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, were the only Congressional Democrats invited to speak at the fly-in luncheon due to their caucus leadership positions. "You can not have mission without money", Thurgood Marshall College Fund President Johnny Taylor told reporters outside the White House after the signing ceremony. If our politics offends them, I don't think that that should have any, any implication on what our congressional appropriation is and we can be a little bit more bold about that. "It's so counterintuitive you can't make it up".
Walter A. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University, issued a statement about the gathering.
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In a historic vote of 50 to 50 with Vice President Pence breaking a deadlock, the U.S. Senate confirmed last month DeVos as education secretary.
Trump, right, meets with HBCU leaders while Conway sits on Oval Office couch, on February 27.
"So I stand here today as a living testament of what HBCUs do, and have always done, for students who simply need an opportunity, like I did", she told the HBCU luncheon audience.
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"We're taking action to help make that future happen and that future better".
Asked about the Oval Office experience, another college president said he had not enjoyed it much because they were hustled in and out so quickly.
Manigault also noted that Trump has met with HBCU presidents Tuesday on day 40 of his presidency, while Obama, who served a full two terms as the first African-American president, did not meet "collectively" with HBCU presidents. "The answer right now is no", Johns said.
Critics, on the other hand, would beg to differ.