President Donald Trump will be speaking at this year’s National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Week Conference on Tuesday.
Black Enterprise is reporting that a White House official confirmed that the president will appear before the expected 1,800 people attending the annual event that brings together representatives from HBCUs nationwide. The conference is planned under the leadership of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, created by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
It has been over two years since the presidents and chancellors of many HBCUs traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with the Trump at the White House.
Trump signed an executive order in march 2017 moving the federal initiative HBCUs into the White House from the Department of Education. It also established a President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs.
According to Black Enterprise, HBCUs have since “been included in the federal five-year STEM Education Plan and the federal Research and Development Budget Priorities” and benefited from increased investment under Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
The 2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference will be held Sept. 8–10 in Washington, D.C.
It is not yet clear where the president will be making his remarks.