ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -The rich history of Georgia’s ten historically Black colleges and universities took center stage at the state capitol Wednesday afternoon for the second annual HBCU Heritage Day.
Students from Atlanta area HBCU’s lines the steps of the capitol with lawmakers and college leaders for a program highlighting the contributions of the schools.
State Sen. Sonya Halpern, whose parents are HBCU graduates, led the ceremony reading out facts about each historically Black college in Georgia.
“These esteemed institutions have made tremendous strides in academia, in business in sports in the arts and let’s not forget that here in Georgia,” Halpern said. “They’ve also contributed over $1.3 billion to Georgia’s economy.”