For the many Black Americans who supported Trump, the latest executive order should be vindication for their choice for president and encouragement that Trump was not like past politicians simply paying “lip service” to get votes.
In this executive order, he has made obvious his determination to fulfill his promises to leaders in the Black American communities and young Black students whom he feels deserve the right to reach their full potential through expanded educational opportunities.
NBC Exclusive March 1st by Lauren Victoria Burke “Exclusive: Omarosa Manigault on Trump’s Executive Order on HBCUs”. Over 60 HBCU Presidents this week were at the signing and routine photo-op. The meeting President Trump held with HBCU Presidents in the Oval Office may have been historic. Many HBCU Presidents say Manigault was a driving force behind Trump’s focus on the issue.
The White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation
at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
February 28, 2017
In order to advance opportunities in higher education, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have made, and continue to make, extraordinary contributions to the general welfare and prosperity of our country. Established by visionary leaders, America’s HBCUs have, for more than 150 years, produced many of our Nation’s leaders in business, government, academia, and the military, and have helped create a black middle class. The Nation’s more than 100 HBCUs are located in 20 States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and serve more than 300,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. These institutions are important engines of economic growth and public service, and they are proven ladders of intergenerational advancement.
A White House Initiative on HBCUs would: advance America’s full human potential; foster more and better opportunities in higher education; strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education; provide equitable opportunities for HBCUs to participate in Federal programs; and increase the number of college-educated Americans who feel empowered and able to advance the common good at home and abroad.
Sect. 2: White House Initiative on HBCUs
(b) Mission and Functions. The Initiative shall work with agencies, private-sector employers, educational associations, philanthropic organizations, and other partners to increase the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education to an increasing number of students. The Initiative shall have two primary missions…
Sec. 3. President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs.
(b) Mission and Functions. The Initiative shall work with agencies, private-sector employers, educational associations, philanthropic organizations, and other partners to increase the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education to an increasing number of students.
For those “doom and gloom” sayers on all things Trump out there, take note–this order revoked Obama’s executive order 13532 which is no different from what Obama did to Bush’s executive order 13256. Both addressed the same topic. It took Obama and Bush a year after their terms started to get their executive orders issued. According to the NBC report, this order can be traced as far back as Jimmy Carter.
Each order has become more specific in its wording but in Trump’s he is signaling that this is a very important issue so much so that he moved it from the Department of Education to be near him in the White House and assigned an executive director. It seems to provide similar wording to the earlier executive orders just in an easier-to-read format.
From what has been posted on the White House website, Trump appears to be touching on each of his campaign promises and ticking them off his “to-do” list of items he can do without a lot of major change.
It is refreshing to see that a president can not only keep his promises but do it within the first month of his time in office. No doubt his excellent staff are hard at work even though “some” might attempt to say they are in disarray. If this is disarray, then let’s hope congress is struck with the same “inefficiency”.
Is this a signal of the future of the Department of Education? Some speculate this is so but for now it simply provides a closer communication and consideration for Trump to be involved which should be taken as a positive and encouraging way forward for Black Americans.