The Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives is a sanction and official caucus approved by the Committee on House Administration during the 114th Congress.
According to Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D), the bipartisan group, which is solely focused on addressing the needs and concerns of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU, is now comprised of 87 members of Congress.
Bishop, who graduated from Morehouse College and received the HBCU/PBI Champion Award from the National Association of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, recently hosted the 2nd annual HBCU STEAM Day of Action on Capitol Hill, an event that brings the political world together on one day to advocate for 102 black colleges and universities, as well as their 300,000 students.
— Sanford Bishop, Jr. (@SanfordBishop) March 7, 2019
But while he HBCU advocates for the preservation and funding of these important black colleges and universities using their influence in government, a deeper more ominous racial divide could be at the core of that group’s base of support.
The HBCU Collective, which is aligned with the HBCU Caucus and comprised of Alumni and students, is pushing the very same message, only with a slight, yet very glaring difference.
We know that HBCU Collective is specifically geared to support black colleges and universities and their students, which are predominantly Black or African-American, so it’s messaging should focus on its audience.
The Collective’s “Mission” statement and imagery, which reads, “We stand together in solidarity with students, alumni, and people who care about the existence, sustainability, and growth of HBCUs,”
The text is not what is at issue here, it’s the image that the group uses to message their mission statement.
HBCU Collective uses the decades-old revolutionary movement “Black Power” fist ‘In the air image to push their agenda, and agenda that has since been co-opted by the controversial “Black Lives Matter” movement.
“There is no question that Black Lives Matter is organically connected to the heroic period of the civil rights movement — that period from 1954 and 1965, between Brown(school desegregation ruling) and the Voting Rights Act — and the Black Power movement of the late ’60s and early ’70,” says Peniel Joseph, who holds a joint professorship at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the history department at the University of Texas at Austin and is the founder of Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.”-USA Today
It is important to point out that the HBCU Collective is not the activist arm of the HBCU House Caucus, even though it appears that way.