U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) introduced a bipartisan resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives to observe August 30, 2020 as the 130th anniversary of the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions.
"As the home of the largest HBCU in our nation, the monumental Morrill Act of 1890 has created countless opportunities for North Carolinians over the past 130 years," Walker said. "Each of the nineteen Historically Black Colleges and Universities established through this legislation, including North Carolina A&T State University, contribute immensely to the lives, education, and futures of thousands of students across the country. I am honored to continue my advocacy for these institutions through this resolution commemorating their historic anniversary."
"The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) extends its thanks to Congressman Mark Walker and the bipartisan group of legislators who have co-sponsored a Resolution commemorating the 130th anniversary of the passing of the Morrill Act of 1890, which led to the establishment of 19 of our Historically Black Colleges and Universities," said Harry L. Williams, President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. "As the former President of a 1890 Land-Grant University, I know, first-hand, the opportunities that these institutions provide not only for the students whose lives are forever changed by enrolling at an HBCU, but also for the communities who have the opportunity to benefit from the extension and outreach services our schools excel at providing."
Senator John Boozman (R-Ark.) has also introduced a companion to this resolution in the U.S. Senate honoring the anniversary of these land-grant institutions.
The 1890 land-grant institutions were created through the Morrill Act of 1890, which was passed on August 30, 1890. Of the 19 Historically Black Colleges and Universities this legislation created, North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro remains the largest HBCU in the United States.