Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are vital components of our post-secondary education system. HBCUs were originally tasked with the sole responsibility of providing higher education to Black men and women when similar institutions refused. Many doctors, lawyers, and notable figures in American history attended HBCUs. It is critical that HBCUs’ historical and educational value continue to be protected by Congress.
Just this session, Congressman Clyburn introduced H.R. 870 to reauthorize the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Preservation program. This legislation would provide $10 million annually for seven years to ensure the preservation of HBCUs across the nation. Mr. Clyburn is proud to have bi-partisan support on this issue; Senators Harris and Graham introduced an identical bill in the Senate. H.R. 870 ensures the protection of the great legacy of HBCUs for years to come.
Congressman Clyburn is a longtime supporter of historic preservation. His legislation created the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, elevated the Congaree National Monument to a National Park, and established the Reconstruction Era National Park in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.