The HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative to Give $650,000 in Grants to HBCUs
Posted By: Kennedy Williams on February 18, 2021 |
The HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative, created to help preserve the historic and cultural significance of HBCUs, will be giving over $650,000 in grants to HBCUs around the country. The new initiative comes after several leaders at Black colleges and universities have expressed a need for additional funding after almost a year into a global pandemic.
While nearly every school has been affected by COVID-19, Historically Black Colleges and Universities have suffered the most considering that they already tend to receive less funding than Predominantly White Institutions.
Brent Leggs, the executive director of the National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, the organization providing the funding for the grants, says that HBCUs “stand as a living testament to African American history and the ongoing achievements of highly influential Americans. But they continue to be overlooked and underfunded.” He also said that the ultimate goal of the funding “is to equip HBCUs with the resources, knowledge, and information they need to invest in their historic assets.”
The eight HBCUs that will be receiving grants from this initiative are Benedict College, Jackson State University, Lane College, Morgan State University, Philander Smith College, Spelman College, Stillman College, and Tuskegee University.
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