ATLANTA — Morehouse President David Thomas said Monday that wealthy black communities have not been supporting historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and hopes that Robert F. Smith’s recent grant to pay off all class of 2019 student debt at the school will spur similar donations. Thomas made the remarks on the SiriusXM Joe Madison The Black Eagle show.

“We have people in our community with significant wealth and if we look at how many HBCUs, for example, are struggling, I think you could make a case that our community, those of us with means have not prioritized supporting them because many of them should not be struggling the way that they’re struggling,” Thomas said.

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