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President Trump’s message to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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The White House • September 10, 2019

President Trump’s message to Historically Black Colleges and Universities


For over 180 years, America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have made extraordinary contributions to our country, helping bring the American Dream to millions of African-American students and many others.

Today, President Donald J. Trump addressed the 2019 National HBCU Week Conference, where he pledged to keep building on his Administration’s work in support of these important institutions. “Together, we will ensure that HBCUs continue to thrive and prosper and flourish for the countless generations to come,” he said.

 President Trump: We’re finally fighting for OUR forgotten communities!

The success of HBCUs was a priority for the Trump Administration from day one. Barely a month after taking office, President Trump signed an Executive Order to move the Federal HBCU initiative back into the White House. From there, he made sure that agencies across his Administration were developing plans to enhance their support for HBCUs.

President Trump also secured and signed legislation that added more than $100 million for scholarships, research, and centers of excellence at HBCU land grant institutions.

Lifting up forgotten communities across America is the single most important agenda item for President Trump. Last week’s jobs report, for example, revealed that the African-American unemployment rate is now at its lowest level ever recorded. And new economic census data, released today, shows that America’s poverty rate just hit its lowest level since 2001. 

A bunch of policies helped make that happen: pro-growth tax cuts, regulatory reform, new trade deals, and so on. But one creative idea that doesn’t get enough attention is President Trump’s creation of “Opportunity Zones.” Part of the 2017 tax cuts law, Opportunity Zones drive capital investment into distressed communities across the country with tax incentives for long-term commitments. The result is a projected $100 billion in new investments across 9,000 such communities.  

HBCUs have a crucial role to play in this revival of the American Dream. “You have shaped American leaders, trained American legends, pioneered American innovations, empowered American workers, built American communities, and you've made all of America very proud of you and the job you've done,” President Trump said today. “My administration is determined to fight for you.”

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In photos: Ivanka Trump’s push for apprenticeships


Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump traveled to Alabama today to meet with students from the Robotics Tech Park, a state-of-the-art manufacturing training facility. While there, she announced that the apprenticeship program—part of Toyota’s Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME)—will be expanded across the country.

“The Administration is committed to ensuring inclusive growth and opportunity in our booming economy by creating pathways for all Americans, regardless of age or background,” Ms. Trump said. “I applaud the Toyota Motor Company and Manufacturing Institute for expanding the FAME program, which will build upon the economic successes we’ve had in the manufacturing industry.”

The Alabama “success story” under President Trump is remarkable, Ms. Trump tweeted. Since Election Day 2016, the state’s unemployment rate has reached an all-time low of 3.3 percent. In that time, more than 500,000 manufacturing jobs have been added, compared to 7,000 lost in 2016. “We’re just getting started,” she wrote.

Today’s visit comes as part of President Trump’s Pledge to America’s Workers, a nationwide effort to get private-sector companies to commit to better training and reskilling opportunities for our country’s great workforce.

In photos: Ivanka Trump visits Alabama.

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President Trump listens as Executive Director of the White House Opportunity & Revitalization Council Scott Turner delivers remarks at the 2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Conference | September 10, 2019

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Comment by mr1stroke on September 22, 2019 at 11:36pm

El-Bull just like those coon politicians in the community he is the same, they are paid to confuse the people, you realise he uses the same words thats been used to confuse the community, he is doing it hoping he is talking to an idiots, for example look at that Cory Booker, Kamarla harris, those idiots know they couldnt win an election even if it was 2030, but they are being paid to be out there because the democratic party is so despearte without a plan, so they figure if they put 100 candidates out there even if they will not be president, but they are enopugh fools out other who will follow them, so once they gather enough dummies, they will drop out the race and endorse the person they pick, and they will control those dummy followers to endorse that same person even if that person dont share their values, man listen i cant even cry for the black community, why do you think they killing each other for $5 the reality is the community is filty because every one are using them and they dont care how they live or whether they live or die,  they are weak and confuse

Comment by El-Bull on September 22, 2019 at 11:20pm

mr1stroke you're the speaker of truth and why people like KorioJames who are indoctrinated and eat up the propaganda by the spoonful don't get along with "MEN" like you and I and need to be culled out of the black population

Comment by mr1stroke on September 22, 2019 at 11:10pm

KorioJames  thats what they pay people like you to tell any dummy in the black community, i am far froma dummy and certainly would not listen to you, since politics is a distarction may be you cant explain why those people are crying against the policies that dont work for them and when those politicians passing bills making cuts that can hurt peoples lives, may be you can tell me why do politicians invest so much money in their election, and why so many rich people enodorse and invest in certain politicians, may be you can tell me why they so busy writing new laws, how come peoples lives are being control by politicans and their new laws? i took government in school, i volunteer and make sure i attend every dinner party for whom ever is running for office in the district where we live an also where my family do business, my uncle always say learn the game and who the players are, so the reality is the distraction is the nonsense they throw at people to confuse them and they are weak and dumb so they can look the othere way and those in power can keep control and its working so good these days, those mufuckers dont even read, tell them anything bad about Trump that sounds good to them thats all you need, as long they can sound like the crowd and agree with what ever they hear they are with it, like that they keep them from taking part in anything important that is why the black community is so behind the only community in America without politial power what does that tell you when people without legal documents can protest, block traffic, raise hell and still make chnage? lol stop it go sit your ass somewhere i am the wrong, if you want to prove to me that politic is a disraction clean up the black community without politics and we can agree, until then explain why the community is so filthy and they keep cutting funding the budget ?

Comment by KorioJames on September 20, 2019 at 1:48am

You shouldn’t react so sharply to politics, mr1stroke. It distracts from real life. I see that university students are becoming more and more every year. This is what really matters. However, studying in the digital world has become noticeably more difficult. My son is studying at an engineering college and is already used to using uni check to check the text for plagiarism. Teachers are carefully looking at it now. This wasn't when I got the degree. However, I try to use this software too to check my own articles.

Comment by mr1stroke on September 11, 2019 at 11:37pm
But wait for dumb negros who read, have no goals and future who listens to greedy politicians will not understand what's going on, in fact they so busy listening to CNN telling them how bad Trump is, but failed to tell them them about the Trump policies, I wonder if those negros know about overturn of the crime bills, which is the new prison reform by Trump? But wait a minute they are too upset they don't care about what he is doing, but it's also what they are matching for everyday, so sad they only go by what they hear and wonder why white people is always on control lol

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