02/27/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/27/2020 20:59
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today hosted the fourth annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Fly-In event with U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.).
'Year after year I am impressed by the progress we are making bringing together HBCU Chancellors and Presidents from North Carolina and across the country,' Walker said. 'This was my vision four years ago when we launched our first HBCU Fly-In. It's a joy to partner with my friend, Senator Tim Scott, celebrating our HBCUs and the role they have played in our communities over the years. These efforts are some of the work I am most proud of while serving in the House. I look forward to continuing to advocate for these valuable institutions for many years to come.'
This annual Fly-In represented nearly 40 HBCUs and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) across the country.
The Fly-In event featured two panels with members of Congress. One in the morning with Scott, Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). Walker hosted the second panel, which included guests U.S. Representative French Hill (R-A.R) and U.S. Representative Andy Barr (R-K.Y).
'The annual HBCU Fly-In is an event I look forward to every year. It is an honor to be joined by HBCU presidents and chancellors who are educating nearly 300,000 students and propelling them forward to lead in every industry. The significance of HBCUs is simply undeniable, with their nearly $15 billion economic impact and the hundreds of thousands of jobs they create. I cannot thank Rep. Mark Walker enough for his partnership in supporting these illustrious institutions,' Scott said.
Among topics discussed were funding sources and the passage of the FUTURE Act, legislation Walker led to provide permanent resources for HBCUs and MSIs. Walker and Scott also led a robust session on the benefit of Opportunity Zones and economic policies to bridge economic and educational divides across minority communities.
Scott and Fly-In attendees honored Walker with a framed photo at the conclusion of the conference to thank him for his relentless dedication to HBCUs over the past six years. His district also includes the largest HBCU in the United States, North Carolina A&T State University.
Walker has been a champion of HBCUs and MSIs from the very beginning of his time in Congress, fighting for the funding and recognition they deserve. He also delivered welcoming remarks this week at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund's Fly-In.