Hampton visits the President

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Lane College President Logan Hampton (first row, second from left) was invited to the Oval Office on Tuesday as part of the HBCU delegation. (Photo: Photo courtesy the White House)

By KENNETH CUMMINGS, USA TODAY NETWORK – TENNESSEE

President Donald Trump invited members of the Historically Black College and University presidential delegation to the White House on Tuesday.

Dr. Logan Hampton, president of Lane College, an HBCU in Jackson, was among the members of the delegation.

“It has been an incredible two days,” Hampton said.

“President Trump invited the entire HBCU presidential delegation to the Oval Office for a greeting and picture.”

According to Hampton, members of the president’s staff, including Reince Priebus, Kellyanne Conway, Steve Miller and Steve Bannon, greeted the delegation.

“Each of them, in their own words, greeted us with the message, ‘we are committed to HBCUs and taking action to educate all students.'”

Hampton said Department of Education Secretary Betsy Devos joined the HBCU presidential delegation in the Oval Office and spoke during the meeting. Omarosa Manigault was the host.

“It was a ‘wow’ moment,” Dr. Hampton said.

“This administration knows the value of education and is committed to education, in general, and HBCUs, in particular. Kellyanne Conway envisioned education as a means to (the) claim of ‘future together.'”

Hampton said that Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary Devos spoke to the delegation and affirmed their commitment to the role of HBCUs to educate the youth of the nation.

Sen. Lamar Alexander addressed the delegation Tuesday and shared the story of Simon Haley, the father of Alex Haley. Mr. Haley was a faculty member at Lane and met his wife on campus. Of course, Hampton said, Sen. Alexander gave Lane College a “shout out.”

“It has been an incredible two days,” Hampton said.

“I left the White House and HBCU Fly-In hopeful and with a sense that our nation’s leaders are sincere in their support of HBCUs. I’m trusting that God will do exceeding abundantly more than I’ve prayed or imagined through partnership of the White House, Congress and HBCUs.”

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