Stillman College Could Be Trump’s First Chance to Save an HBCU

Stillman College Could Be Trump’s First Chance to Save an HBCU


Will Donald Trump Try and Save Stillman College? On April 16, the Wall Street Journal wrote that “Stillman College Faces Uncertain Future as Education Department Debts Linger.”

On February 28, President Trump had over 100 HBCU Presidents and advocates in the Oval Officer. He told the HBCU leaders how important they were after he signed an HBCU executive order. The situation Stillman College is in, much like the situation involving miners pensions, Trump has a chance to show off his “America first” agenda as it pertains to Stillman College.¬†

Stillman College is a 141 year old historically black school in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and is about to run out of money. The school’s new President, Cynthia Warrick, took over only three months ago and has taken several actions to prevent the school from closing. But the odds are stacking up.

The school needs less that $4 million to make it to the fall semester.  With all the talk of wanting to assist African Americans and the consideration of a funding bill coming to the floor next week, the moment may be the perfect opportunity for President Donald Trump to show he wants to assist Historically Black College.

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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: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke