Amid Controversy, White House Postpones HBCU Conference

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White House officials today announced the postponement of its annual HBCU conference, as presidents, advocates and students called for the event to be delayed in the wake of needed leadership appointments to its initiative on black colleges, and following racially controversial remarks and actions by President Donald Trump in recent weeks.

In a release, organizers announced a scaled down version of the event to be held at the White House, where select HBCU community members would be able to engage with staffers and Department of Education officials to determine specific needs of the community, and when an ideal time for future convening could be targeted.

The announcement counters perspective from White House Public Liaison Communications Director Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who in a story published by Buzzfeed this morning, suggested that the conference would forge ahead and that the assembly of a presidential advisory board on HBCUs was in motion in the weeks leading up to the conference. More…