Senators Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) joined their colleagues in unanimously passing a resolution condemning recent bomb threats made against Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Georgia HBCUs Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Fort Valley State University, and Albany State University are among over a dozen schools which were threatened on the first day of Black History Month
Over 20 HBCUs nationwide have reported threats against their institutions in 2022
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) joined their colleagues in helping unanimously pass a resolution to condemn the recent bomb threats at HBCUs and reaffirms the government’s commitment to combatting violence against students, faculty, and staff.More than two dozen HBCUs across the country have received violent threats this year alone, including Georgia institutions Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Fort Valley State University, and Albany State University. On the first day of Black History Month, at least 14 HBCUs reported threats.
“It’s bitterly ironic that students who attend HBCUs, which were born out of a time when Black students experienced constant threats for trying to get an education, are now facing a new kind of terror. I’m glad to see that the Senate was able to come together and show its strong commitment to combatting violence against HBCUs,” said Senator Reverend Warnock. “As an HBCU grad myself, I know how important these places of higher learning are for our country. Last week, I met with HBCU students, faculty, and administrators at the Atlanta University Center and I heard firsthand about the anxieties HBCU communities are facing, which is why I’ve been working so hard to ensure the FBI and DOJ prioritize these investigations and put a swift end to these terrifying and disruptive threats.”
“My heart goes out to our HBCU communities, which are gems for our state and for our country. I will continue working to ensure the DOJ and FBI are fully engaged in the investigation of these terrorist threats, and I will continue to support Georgia’s HBCU community every day and in every way I can,” said Senator Ossoff.
Both Senators Reverend Warnock and Ossoff have been attentive to the ongoing situations and are working with federal agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice while ensuring HBCU’s future safety on campus and beyond. Additionally, Senator Reverend Warnock led a bipartisan effort with Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) pushing the FBI and DOJ to immediately prioritize their investigation of ongoing threats to the nation’s HBCUs.
Cosigning the resolution with Senators Warnock and Ossoff were Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Mike Braun (R-IN), Richard Burr (R-NC), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rick Scott (R-FL), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chris Coons (D-DE.), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Bob Casey (D-PA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ed Markey (D-MA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Tim Scott (R-SC), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Read full text of the resolution here.