Almost all the Democratic presidential hopefuls have promised high levels of fiscal support for HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions. The black vote is seen as critical to winning the next presidential election. Voters in the 18 to 29 age bracket were credited with helping Democrats gain control of the House. They are expected to be a force in the upcoming elections as well. Perhaps with that in mind, the third Democratic debate was held at Texas Southern University and several candidates have visited HBCU campuses.
Unlike most of the candidates, John Delany has not campaigned on a set dollar amount. He has promised to fund start-up incubators at HBCUs. Senator Bernie Sanders visited Morehouse and Benedict Colleges and says he plans to invest $5,000,000,000 in training teachers and another $5,000,000,000 to train dentists and other healthcare professionals.
Senator Amy Klobuchar promised to provide federal funding that would waive or significantly reduce tuition for low-income freshmen and sophomores enrolled.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke at Morehouse College and wrote an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun that expressed support of Maryland's HBCUs. He promised to dedicate $50,000,000,000 to HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions.
Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at Benedict College and faced a vocal group of protestors who opposed her views on charter schools when she visited Clark Atlanta University. Warren has promised to steer $50,000,000,000 to HBCUs as part of her higher education plan.
Andrew Yang pledged $250,000,000 for training programs, $750,000,000 to build a fundraising infrastructure; and $7,500,000,000 for facilities and infrastructure improvements.
Former Vice President Joe Biden promotes a plan that would dedicate $10,000,000,000 to the creation of 200 research incubators. It would provide $20,000,000,000 for facilities and infrastructure, and $18,000,000,000 to programs that make minority-serving institutions more affordable.
Senator Cory Booker is the latest presidential candidate to offer a plan for providing minority-serving institutions equitable funding and mitigating the effects of past neglect. It includes $100,000,000,000 to fund climate change and other research and for infrastructure improvements.