LeMoyne-Owen College applauds release of first UNCF HBCU Congressional Honor Roll
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2019 —The UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) today released the first HBCU Congressional Honor Roll, recognizing 59 members of Congress for their efforts on behalf of HBCUs and their students.
The honor roll will be released annually and highlight members of Congress who have served as true champions and strong advocates for HBCUs and their students beyond their voting records.
U.S. Rep. Charles Fleischmann, R-Tennessee, who represents District 3, which includes Chattanooga, is the only Tennessee congressman to make the honor roll.
Congressional support of HBCUs is vital to the continued success and sustainability of these institutions. Recognizing this, as well as the social and economic impact of HBCUs on this country and this state, each of the members recognized has taken strong steps to support these institutions by doing things such as joining the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus or sponsoring legislation beneficial to HBCUs and the students they serve.
“HBCUs like LeMoyne-Owen College are engines of immense social and economic impact in their communities,” said LOC President Andrea Lewis Miller. “But we cannot carry out this work without federal support.”
Dr. Miller added, “The new UNCF honor roll list enables institutional leaders, faculty and students to gauge the support of their elected officials and give them another tool with which to advocate. We look forward to our senators and representatives joining with us and UNCF to support the HBCU agenda and advance our priorities.”
A UNCF report titled “HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” released in late 2017, showed LeMoyne-Owen College generates a $40 million dollar economic impact for the local and regional economies.
Commissioned by the UNCF’s Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, the report highlighted that HBCUs’ economic benefits “extend to more than just the students themselves. They are equally important to the communities and regions they serve,” said Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF president and chief executive officer.
LeMoyne-Owen’s $40 million dollar economic impact includes direct spending by LOC on faculty, employees, academic programs and operations, and by students attending the college, according to the study. A LeMoyne-Owen graduate working full time throughout his or her working life can expect to earn $1.1 million in additional income due to a college credential.
Tennessee’s HBCUs – Fisk University, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen, Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University – generate $873 million in total economic impact for their communities and regions. Tennessee’s HBCUs generate 7,289 jobs, the study showed.
UNCF’s Lomax said, “This new HBCU honor roll empowers the work our institutions began more than 150 years ago and hopefully helps us build on the gains we made during the last Congress. These gains included more than $100 million in additional support for HBCUs.
“However, our institutions still need significant investment in their infrastructure and innovation goals. In addition to releasing this honor roll, today I delivered the first ever ‘State of the HBCU Address,’ calling on all lawmakers to renew and increase their commitment to HBCUs, the students and the communities they serve by providing additional funding for the Title III Strengthening Institutions Program and setting aside $1 billion for HBCU capital improvement.”
To view the full list or to watch the entire “State of the HBCU Address,” visit https://www.uncf.org/hbcuscorecard.