Georgia General Assembly

10/03/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/03/2023 13:51

Representatives Sandra Scott, Viola Davis and Kim Schofield to Hold Press Conference to Demand Increased Funding for HBCUs

ATLANTA - State Representatives Sandra Scott (D-Rex), Viola Davis (D-Stone Mountain), Kim Schofield (D-Atlanta), along with legal professionals, will hold a press conference to address funding disparities for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at 3 p.m. in room 610 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building in Atlanta. Reps. Scott, Davis and Schofield recently sent a letter to the governor calling on him to address funding disparities for HBCUs.

"Time and time again, the governor and the Georgia legislature has underfunded our HBCU institutions, which have a venerable history of providing incomparable education opportunities to our communities," said Rep. Scott. "I call on the governor and his colleagues to address this inequality and do what's right for the countless Georgians realizing their academic dreams."

"In the pursuit of justice and rectifying historical inequities, we demand that HBCUs receive the funding they deserve," said Rep. Davis. "These institutions are not just centers of education; they are engines of economic growth and opportunity. It's time to bridge the gap and invest in the future of our students and communities."

"While HBCUs have been bastions of valued excellence and resilience, I am concerned that the persistent inequities and disparities relating to accessing resources and withholding funding for these institutions will deeply impact students attending public HBCUs in Georgia for generations," said Rep. Schofield.

WHO: Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex)

Rep. Viola Davis (D-Stone Mountain)

Rep. Kim Schofield (D-Atlanta)

Attorney Carlos Moore

Attorney John Moore

WHAT: Press Conference on HBCU Funding

WHEN: Wednesday, October 4, 2023

3 p.m.

WHERE: Coverdell Legislative Office Building

Room 610

18 Capitol Square S.W.

Atlanta, GA 30334