#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
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke