The meeting will include congress members and Omarosa Manigault, who is part of Trump’s office of public engagement.
The discussion which is being called a “fly-in” is co-hosted by Representative Mark Walker (R-NC) and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC). It comes after Walker’s recently published video stating his wife is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, an HBCU, and that he is personally invested in helping black colleges.
“We’re trying to bring people together and make connections and by doing that we hope that everyone succeeds and opportunities are granted and I think that’s the goal. It’s not to win anyone over it’s to show that we care,” Walker’s spokesperson said.
Discussions will take place at the Library of Congress on February 28, the same day President Trump is set to give his State of the Union address.
According to Walker’s spokesperson, “There have been reports about Mr. Trumps interest in HBCUs, with the new administration coming in, we want to make sure that we start off on the right foot.”
“We’ve done a bad job of not only representing all communities but to just listen- it doesn’t take much energy and effort just to listen.” Walker’s spokesperson adds, “I think there’s opportunity because the relationship with the previous administration wasn’t very strong, so we see an opportunity to reach out to listen, to help.”