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Adams Introduces Resolution Honoring the 130th Anniversary of 1890s Land Grant Universities

Aug 31, 2020
Press Release
"The 1890s" include the country's largest HBCU, North Carolina A&T

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) introduced a resolution "expressing the sense of Congress that August 30, 2020, be observed as the 130th anniversary of the 1890 Institutions." Today, the 1890 Universities Foundation, with the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), hosted a webinar to celebrate the anniversary and acknowledged the resolution’s introduction.

"1890s Land Grant Universities, like all Historically Black Colleges and Universities, have given so much to our community and our country," said Adams. "These institutions are more than schools: they represent pathways to the middle class; they're cornerstones of our communities; and they have unlocked so much potential that our country has too often ignored. As a proud 1890s graduate, I am honored to introduce this resolution celebrating the 130th anniversary of these essential institutions."

The resolution is cosponsored by Representatives Lucas, Fudge, Walker, Sanford Bishop, Sewell, Marshall, McEachin, Bacon, Lee, Turner, Bustos, Barr, Beatty, Fortenberry, Kaptur, Hagedorn, and Allen.

A copy of the resolution can be found here.

“For 130 years, the 1890 Land Grant Universities have promoted prosperity in underserved communities and expanded educational opportunities to millions of students of color and first-generation college students,” said Rep. Fudge. “These 19 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including Central State University in my home state of Ohio, play a critical role in making critical scientific discoveries in food, farming, plant and animal health, and other important areas of agricultural research. It is befitting to recognize our HBCUs with a Congressional resolution honoring 130 years of excellence in education, science and agricultural research.  I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to prioritize funding for 1890 Land Grants to ensure designated institutions have the resources needed to continue to educating and training the next generation of Black scientists, farmers and engineers.”

Congresswoman Alma Adams represents North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District (Charlotte) and serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture. Additionally, she serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Education & Labor Committee, where she serves as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In 2015, Rep. Adams co-founded the first Bipartisan HBCU Caucus in Congress.