#HBCUS: For First Time Since Nov. 8, Trump Meets with Blacks in...

#HBCUS: For First Time Since Nov. 8, Trump Meets with Blacks in Charge of Something


They weren’t rappers, comedians or retired football legends. They were the Presidents and Chancellors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Over 70 HBCUS leaders are in Washington, D.C. this week. On their first day in town, they met with President Trump and Vice President Pence on issues important to their colleges and universities.

On Tuesday, February 28, the Presidents will meet with members of Congress. The large group meeting was the first anyone could remember with HBCU Presidents and the President of the United States since Reagan was in office.  

More broadly, for the first time in his presidency, Trump met with a group of African Americans who actually run something. Though the relationship is in its infantile stages, it’s still further along than what has happened over eight years under President Obama.

Trump is also expected to meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus within his first 100 day in office. 

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.