Many Historically Black Colleges & Universities were founded as Normal Schools, focused on teacher education, or A&M or A&T Schools, focused on agriculture, technical and mechanical education.
In fact, thanks to former Sen. Justin Morrill (R-Vt.) many of our schools were created as land-grant institutions under his now famous Second Morrill Act of 1890. This legislation stipulated that African Americans were to be included in the original land grant system without discrimination.
Today, HBCU agriculture schools remain a centerpiece of black college value to the nation and to the world. The 19 HBCU land-grant institutions are among the strongest in the HBCU ecosystem, produce a substantial share of the graduates who establish successful small businesses, and provide this country a robust and talented pipeline of highly qualified diverse talent.
With President Trump’s announcement of his intention to nominate Sam Clovis as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics at USDA, it is a hire that the HBCU sector, and the nation, should view with great optimism. While his active engagement with the Trump campaign is the obvious reason for his appointment, Clovis also has a compelling set of experiences that include serving as a member of the U.S. Air Force, a professor at Morningside College and Iowa State University and as a senior-level strategy consultant in one of the country’s most respected consulting firms, Booz Allen. (The Hill)