Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke Wednesday about issues surrounding the African-American community, including the future of historically black colleges and universities, supporting small black businesses and social justice issues.
The POTUS-hopeful was a guest on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, which also featured Don Lemon, Jacque Reid and Roland Martin, whom Clinton called an "all-star" panel. Clinton's compliments didn't soften the reporters who, without hesitation, asked her the hard questions that need answers.
Clinton began by discussing her plan for the state of HBCUs if she is elected next November.
"In my New College Compact, we’re going to support, encourage and reward HBCUs that help our students succeed so that students can complete college without cost being a barrier or debt holding them back," said Clinton. She recently revealed a $25 billion plan to help HBCUs in August.
"We’re going to have new federal funds to invest in the public HBCUs, provide support and that the Pell Grant can be used for living expenses, and for the private HBCUs, we’re going to have a dedicated $25 billion fund to provide support to them," she continued.
Martin asked Clinton to speak further on supporting small businesses, specifically highlighting the boundaries affecting African-American women looking to grow their companies.
"I had an African-American woman say to me once that more good ideas die in the parking lots of banks than anywhere in America. What we’ve got to do is reverse that. There’s a lot of programs already in place, but they’re not being given the emphasis, the funding and the support that they need."
Clinton has been making an effort to pay close attention to the African-American community's issues. She recently began recruiting fellows to work with her campaign's African-American outreach director LaDavia Drane, who was appointed to the role in May. Drane is a the former director of the Congressional Black Caucus, according to Buzzfeed News.
Time will tell who Black voters will favor in the forthcoming election.
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