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Elizabeth Warren invests in HBCUs

Elaijah Gibbs-Jones | Managing Editor
Rye and Warren discuss HBCUs

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren visited NC A&T for a live ‘On One’ podcast recording with host Angela Rye, promising $50 billion in aid for historically black colleges and universities. 

This was Warren’s first campaign event in Greensboro. The questions and responses throughout Warren and Rye’s conversation varied from rapid-fire “yes or no” questions to in-depth/ open-ended statements. 

“It’s been 400 years since the first documented enslaved person was brought to these shores. What is your plan for our empowerment, success, viability, and equity long term in this country?” Rye asked to address the issue of diversity representation. 

Answering the question Warren stated she wants to enforce and pass policies that allow “economic room for ventures that would boost educational institutions, including colleges by adding funding for HBCUs, working towards tuition-free college, and canceling the student debts of millions.” 

In the plan, Warren proposes  to give universities more access and resources. 

“For too long now HBCUs have been doing the most with the least because they just haven’t had the money, the resources,” Warren said.  

Sen. Warren explained she plans to invest in the education of young people by focusing on the impact HBCUs have on both America and black people. 

“When we invest in HBCUs we are not just investing in today, but we are investing in tomorrow, and the next generation, and I have a plan for that,” Warren said. “We need to reduce our investment in billionaires and increase our investment in an entire generation of Americans.” 

After her pledge of $50 billion in aid for HBCUs, the auditorium filled with students and the general public burst into excitement and agreement with her statement. 

Warren also addressed the importance of the next generation of voters. 

“Your vote is precious, and your vote is powerful, so use it, and use it smart, and the way to do that is to start a movement,” she said. “We are not going to have change by having interchangeable politicians, we have to build a movement, and that going to be our comparative edge. It’s about making real change.”

Near the end of her appearance, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley was welcomed on stage to officially announce her endorsement of Warren. Presley emphasized to the crowd why she supports and believes in her fellow Massachusetts lawmaker. 

“What I need is a visionary partner, a bold activist leader who is going to center the voices of communities, who can teach as much as she can learn,  and that is what we have in Elizabeth Warren, and that is why I am so very proud to be standing with her.” Pressley said. 

The event was concluded with the audience lining up to speak with, shake hands, hug and take selfies with Rye and Warren.


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    A muhammadNov 20, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Wonderful article

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    Gisselle WebsterNov 18, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Awesome news! We need to invest in our youths’ education. They are the decision makers of tomorrow. What a well written article! Way to go Miss Rice.

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    Aarons Blakeney jr.Nov 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Who is this Jennifer Rice keeps writing these great articles.

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    Monica GreeneNov 18, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Great informative article

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    Geraldine MooreNov 18, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Contributor Jennifer Rice is proving to be reliable source of balanced information. Angela Rye and Ms. Rice targeted their audienc asking questions and redponsibly reporting the answers that is on the minds of many college students and parents if those students that are attending HBCUs. This is my first experience of a presidential candidate on a HBCU campus encouraging generation X to vote and why their opinion is so vital. Kudos to Ms. Rice for reporting accurately abd succinctly.