Kamala Harris Intros Bill to Preserve Buildings at HBCUs
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)reintroduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the HBCU Preservation Program for the next six years. Across more than 100 HBCUs around the country, historic buildings and sites -- some more than 100 years old -- have deteriorated over time and are at risk of being permanently lost if they are not preserved and protected. This bill, which she introduced with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), would authorize funding for grants to restore these historic buildings and sites, as well as improve accessibility on many HBCU campuses. “During my time as a student at Howard University, I was proud and humbled to walk the same hallways as historic figures like Thurgood Marshall, Zora Neale Hurston, and Shirley Franklin,” said Harris. “The history represented at Howard and across every other HBCU imbues special meaning on each campus and reminds students that they can come as they are and leave as the person they aspire to be. I’m proud to introduce this legislation to preserve and improve HBCUs around the country for our future generations.” The bill is a Senate companion of House legislation introduced by Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC). More here.