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Gov. Kay Ivey declares October HBCU Month in Alabama

by – Gov. Kay Ivey signed a proclamation October 3 declaring the month as HBCU Month.

The signing makes Alabama the first state in the country, leaders say, to dedicate a month to recognize Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

“The recognition of these elite historic institutions by Governor Ivey is significant,” Dr. Quinton Ross, President of Alabama State University in Montgomery, said in a press release Wednesday. “No other State has dedicated an entire month in recognition of HBCUs. This speaks volumes to the Governor’s understanding of the value of these institutions to the state and nation.”

The Alabama Office of Minority Affairs, for example, was established in 2016 to advise the governor on issues affecting women and minorities in the state. The agency now has a HBCU Co-Op Program focuses on establishing a pipeline of diverse talent between the state’s HBCUs and Alabama’s workforce.

Nichelle Williams Nix, Director of the Alabama Office of Minority Affairs, said the recognition is a welcome addition to current efforts to strengthen and diversify the state’s workforce.

“Governor Ivey supports the important role that Alabama HBCUs play in their respective communities and in the State, and this Proclamation highlights that,” she said in a press release.

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