Land-grant HBCUs Seeking Aid from Congress
Posted by on December 4, 2016

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, December 4, 2016

Land-grant HBCUs Seeking Aid from Congress ---

by Reginald Stuart

The nation’s 19 historically Black land-grant colleges (the so-called 1890 HBCUs), are expected this week to have a Congressional hearing on a plan to specifically strengthen the institutions’ financial abilities to provide formal education to minorities and others pursuing studies in the agricultural sciences.

The full House Committee, chaired by Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, plans to hear Wednesday morning from two panels — one of lawmakers and one of university presidents — about a House resolution (6020) that would provide each of the 19 institutions $1 million a year for five years to fund scholarships for students planning to pursue careers in the field of agriculture.

The scholarship funds proposal by Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., represent what Scott notes is a “drop in the bucket” from the billions spent annually by the federal government to help higher education.

Still, he says, there is positive action on the proposal for a variety of reasons. It would come at a crucial time in history, as the ranks of the nation’s agricultural farming and producer population are declining rapidly. The average age of the declining ranks — 60 years old, according to federal population studies — is getting higher and higher.

Scott’s proposal also would give a needed boost to the 1890 colleges, a specific group of public colleges created to fulfill a post-Civil War effort by the government to provide agricultural education training and services to Blacks in 19 states.

The 1890s have never been funded to address their mission on a comparable basis to their historically White counterparts regardless of the potential size of their target population, federal, state and private research reports say.

The federal and state funding policies and practices are oft times cited as playing an important role in the demise during the last century of Black farms and Blacks in agriculture.

Until the 1950s, Blacks were legally barred from attending the historically White land-grant colleges in those states.

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Congressman David Scott to Deliver Keynote Remarks at Veterans Day Service
Posted by on November 10, 2016

On Friday, November 11, 2016, Congressman David Scott will join leaders from the Jonesboro VFW Post 6330 Auxiliary, Jonesboro American Legion, city of Jonesboro and Clayton County to honor the service and sacrifice of 21.4 million American veterans across the country, including 751,763 in Georgia.

Congressman David Scott

                   Jonesboro VFW Post 6330 Auxiliary

                   Jonesboro American Legion


WHAT:       1st Annual Veterans Day Service


WHEN:      Friday, November 11, 11:00 a.m.


WHERE:     Lee Street Park

                     155 Lee Street

                    Jonesboro, GA 30236


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Owe more on your mortgage than your home is worth?
Posted by on October 5, 2016

Don’t drown in your mortgage


Do you owe more on your mortgage than your home is worth?


A new, limited-time, federally funded state initiative called Underwater Georgia (www.underwatergeorgia.org) may be able to help.


For eligible applicants, Underwater Georgia may be able to provide a one-time payment of up to $50,000 to reduce the principal balance on your home.


From now until Oct. 18, visit underwatergeorgia.org to determine if you may qualify and begin a pre-application. Because demand for the program is expected to far surpass total resources available, Underwater Georgia will operate through a random third-party selection process. Once funds have been exhausted, the program will close.


To qualify, homeowners must meet several criteria about how long they’ve owned the home, total mortgage balance and loan to value ratio, total household income and assets, and other factors. Applicants cannot have previously received assistance through HomeSafe Georgia.


Don’t miss this limited-time opportunity to see if you qualify. Visit underwatergeorgia.org today.

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U.S. House to vote to rename Riverdale Post Office after fallen officer Major Greg Barney
Posted by on May 20, 2016

The U.S. House of Representatives will hold a full vote on H.R. 4747, a bipartisan resolution introduced by Congressman David Scott (GA-13) to rename the Riverdale Post Office after fallen Riverdale police officer Major Greg Barney, on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. 


      Who:         Congressman David Scott

                        Congressman Lynn Westmoreland

                        Members of Georgia’s Congressional delegation


      What:        Floor Statements and Full House Vote on H.R. 4747 - Renaming the Riverdale

                        Post Office as the ‘‘Major Gregory E. Barney Post Office Building” 


      When:       Monday, May 23, 2016, 5:00 p.m.


      Where:      Floor of the House of Representatives, U.S. Capitol

                         Live on C-SPAN TV or via streaming at http://www.c-span.org/networks/




On February 11, 2016, Major Greg Barney, was shot and killed while giving chase to a suspect during a raid on an illegal drug operation.  He was the first Riverdale police officer to die in the line of duty.  During his 25 year career with the Riverdale Police Department, Major Barney was a school resource officer at Riverdale High School, a sergeant, a captain, and the first African-American to serve as Chief of Police when he was appointed interim chief in 2004.  In March 2016, Congressman Scott introduced H.R. 4747, with bipartisan support from Georgia’s Congressional delegation, to rename the post office located at 6691 Church Street in Riverdale, Georgia, as the ‘‘Major Gregory E. Barney Post Office Building.”  The Riverdale Post Office sits directly across Church Street from the city police headquarters where Major Barney reported for duty. 

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Congressman David Scott to Honor Students at 14th Annual Congressional Art Competition
Posted by on April 26, 2016

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, Congressman David Scott will host a special presentation to honor all participating students of his 14th Annual Congressional High School Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery.  To date, Congressman Scott has awarded over $392,000 in scholarships to local student artists. 

During the ceremony, the top winners of the competition will be announced.  The first place entry from Congressman Scott’s district will join other first place winners from around the country and be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.  Scholarships will be presented as follows: $12,000 – first place, $7,500 – second place, and $3,500 – third place, all by the Art Institute of Atlanta; and $3,000/ year to the first-place winner by the Savannah College of Art and Design. 

Additional scholarship awards ranging from $500 to $1,500 will be presented to the top winners by AT&T, Chick-fil-A, Georgia Pacific, Georgia Power, and Greystone Power.

WHEN:  Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Douglas County Courthouse Art Gallery, located on the third floor of the Douglas County Courthouse at 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville, GA 30134.

WHO:  Participating high schools include:  Alexander; Arlington Christian; Chapel Hill; Charles Drew; His Master’s Voice; Jonesboro; Langston Hughes; Lithia Springs; McEachern; Mundy’s Mill; New Manchester; Our Lady of Mercy; Pebblebrook; Stockbridge; and Vidalia Academy.

This year’s competition includes a special partnership again with the Douglas County Government and the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville and Douglas County.

MEDIA CONTACT: Chandra Harris, Office of Rep. David Scott. 770-210-5073; Chandra.Harris@mail.house.gov.


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2016 Service Academy Day - April 30
Posted by on April 4, 2016

Service Academy Day is Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 - 11:30 am at Dobbins Air Reserve Base.  Academy Day Poster

Each and every person in your party must complete a registration form online. You MUST register by 5:00 pm on April 22, 2016 by registering online at Academy Day Registration Web Form or by calling Nancy Brooks at 770.661.0999. The registration deadline is April 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Persons who have not completely registered, including date of birth, will not be admitted onto the military base. This information is being used for background checks to preserve the safety of all guests.

You will receive a confirmation sheet within 10 days after registration via e-mail.

The confirmation sheet should be placed in your front window for entrance to the military base. You will be asked to provide identification at the guard gate at Dobbins ARB located on Cobb Parkway. You will also be asked to pass through metal detectors before entering the event so please arrive between 8:45 A.M. and 9:45 A.M. to allow time for these safety measures.

For directions, a list of prohibited items and a map visit: www.dobbins.afrc.af.mil

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WXIA 11 Alive: Thousands attend job fair
Posted by on April 1, 2016

By Jon Shirek and Julie Wolfe , WXIA 10:27 PM.
GMT April 01, 2016




COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (WXIA) -- Thousands of job seekers jammed the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park Friday for the annual jobs fair organized by Metro Atlanta Congressman David Scott. And among the employers who are hiring -- Homeland Security agencies, looking for people to help fight the war on terror.

Officer Arrisia Sims

Officer Arrisia Sims of U.S. Customs and Border Protection was there with some of her fellow officers trying to hire more than five hundred additional people to help secure the nation’s borders.

"We're actually looking for fresh, young, people with experience in law enforcement," Officer Sims said.  "What you'll be doing is, you'll basically be dealing with the entry to the U.S.,” Officer Sims said, “and just making sure that we keep a hold on terrorism, and making sure that we weed out all the people that don't need to be here."

The FBI was there, hoping to hire 200 new employees.

Rep. David Scott, (D) GA-13

This is the 13th annual jobs fair that Rep. David Scott, (D) GA-13, has organized, and this year, he said, there was special emphasis on putting people to work protecting the U.S.

"A war has been declared on us with this terrorism.” Scott said, “But, through this jobs fair, you can see that we're declaring war back…. We’re beefing up.  We’re getting more secure because of the threat of terrorism and the actuality of this violent, radical terrorism that we’re faced with…. We’re at war with radical Islam… And we put money in the budget now" for more federal, Homeland Security agents.

More than 6,300 jobs, in all, were available Friday.  There were private sector jobs -- Delta Air Lines had the longest lines of applicants – as well as the government jobs.

Silas Bankston

And more than 21,000 people showed up -- Silas Bankston, among them.

"It's wonderful in here,” Bankston said, “everybody has high hopes, everyone's thinking positive.  I feel like I'm going to come away with a good job today!"

And by Friday afternoon, Bankston had secured three appointments, for next week, for final interviews with three companies interested in hiring him.

Verlicia Carroll

In 2012, Verlicia Carroll lost her job.  In 2013 she came to the jobs fair.  Glock, based in Cobb County, hired her.  This past August, Glock promoted Carroll.  Now she’s in charge of Glock’s recruiting.  And she was back at the jobs fair on Friday, looking to fill 13 openings.


"It changed my life," Carroll said.  "I didn't just get a job, I got a career.  I was here three years ago, I was one of them.  And I'm here now.  So, it can happen.  It can happen."

A year ago, Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 6 percent.  Now it's 5.3 percent.  Those are the official rates.  No one knows how many of the tens of thousands of people at Friday’s jobs fair were not even being counted among the unemployed because they'd given up and dropped out – people re-entering the job market, now.  Full of hope, now.


"I see so many people who are out here, hungry, and have a desire," said Officer Sims of Customs and Border Protection.  "I look at [this recruiting] as being a light in a dark place, to be able to come out here and say, guess what, if I can do it, you can do it, as well.  I have a lot of compassion for people... we just try to come down here and show some love and tell them you, too, can qualify, not just for a job, but a career." 


Cong. Scott’s mission is to reduce the unemployment rate even more, even as the numbers of job seekers and jobs increase.


“I very affectionately refer to the jobs fair as doing God’s work.  Because, if you get somebody a job… getting them started, building wealth” and becoming self-sufficient, “that’s what’s so important.”

Those who missed the job fair can still see who's hiring by visiting Rep. Scott's website here

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Jobs and Growth in the Thirteenth District
Posted by on March 10, 2016
Congressman David Scott is focused on economic development and job creation in the Thirteenth Congressional District. He has consistently supported pro-growth laws, met with business and labor leaders, and is hosting an upcoming annual jobs fair on Friday, April 1.

Legislation - in 2015, Congressman David Scott supported several important new laws that will help grow the economy in the 13th Congressional District.

Transportation - Congressman Scott voted for the FAST Act to fund federal transportation programs and kick start transportation projects in Georgia. He has also supported the expansion of MARTA in Clayton County.

Education - Congressman Scott voted for the Every Student Succeeds Act which ends the era of the No Child Left Behind Act and restores local control of education from Washington. The law ends high-stakes testing, repeals the burdensome Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) system and helps at-risk students.

Tax Cuts for Community Development and Investment - Congressman Scott voted for the PATH Act, which extends several tax breaks for economic development, including the New Markets Tax Credit and Empowerment Zones tax incentives. To learn more about the tax breaks, click here.

Meetings with local business and labor leaders in 2016:

January 15 - Congressman Scott spoke to the Georgia AFL-CIO
January 23 - Congressman Scott attended the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner
February 6 - Congressman Scott attended the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner
February 23 - Congressman Scott spoke to the SBA State of the Region conference
March 24 - Congressman Scott will speak to the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce

13th Annual Jobs Fair and Small Business Forum

On April 1, Congressman Scott will host the 13th Congressional District Jobs Fair. At the event, the SBA will host several small business forums.

Federal Reserve Committee Hearing 

In addition to the meetings and forums in the district, Congressman David Scott has raised concerns in Washington about the economic anxiety that he has heard from his constituents.  In a Financial Services Committee hearing on February 10, Congressman Scott spoke directly to Fed Chair Janet Yellen about the unemployment disparity of African-Americans. His comments were picked up in national publications such as The Hill, CNBC, The Washington Post, and CNN.

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Millions Saved for Constituents
Posted by on March 8, 2016
In 2015, Congressman David Scott's office was able to help constituents secure taxpayer savings and benefits of $2,66,1209. That sum includes help with mortgages, VA benefits, Social Security disability payments, and assistance from other federal agencies.

In addition, Congressman Scott's office opened over 1,200 casework files on behalf of his constituents. His office was able to help with veterans issues, mortgage assistance, immigration problems, retirement benefits and other issues. Congressman Scott believes that strong constituent services is an important component of public service.

Congressman David Scott also brought in $8,689,820 in federal grants to the Thirteenth District. These funds help local government and non-profit charities assist constituents with healthcare, transportation, housing, economic development and public safety. Congressman Scott works to help local entities with resources in a time when the economy has not fully recovered from the recession.

Congressman Scott's office also coordinates scholarship opportunities. To date, Congressman David Scott has awarded over $392,000 in scholarships to local student winners of his annual art competition. He has also helped dozens of students attend U.S. military academies for free.

Do you need help with a federal agency? Contact Congressman Scott's office here.

Are you interested in more information about grants? You can find out more at this link.

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Black History Month - Julian Bond
Posted by on February 21, 2016
In honor of Black History Month, I have been profiling notable African-Americans from Georgia throughout February. To read our first profile of the first African-American Congressman from Georgia, Jefferson Long, click here. To read our second profile about the desegregation of the University of Georgia click here. Our third profile is on civil rights activist and my former colleague, Julian Bond.


Horace Julian Bond was born on January 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee. As a college student at Morehouse College, Mr. Bond helped organize the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights and co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Shortly after taking a seminar co-taught by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. Samuel Williams, Bond dropped out of Morehouse in 1961 to work full-time as the communications director for SNCC. Through the SNCC he protested the prevalence of Jim Crow laws and the segregation of public facilities in Georgia and the Southeast.

After the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 made major strides in the enfranchisement of African Americans, Julian Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives representing Georgia’s 136th district. Soon after Bond’s election, the SNCC released a statement opposing the Vietnam War. Consequentially, 75 House members petitioned that Mr. Bond be denied his right to take the oath of office. The United States Supreme Court concluded in the 1966 court case Bond v. Floyd that Bond’s freedom of speech had been violated and established precedent for generations of public representatives to express themselves freely regarding state and national policy.

In 1971, Bond returned to Morehouse College, and became the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit group that served disenfranchised minorities and surveyed the actions of hate groups. Mr. Bond would return to the Georgia General Assembly as a State Senator in 1974, a position which he held for 12 years. Bond would go on to become the first African-American chair of the Fulton county Senate delegation. I enjoyed a close relationship with Julian in the State Senate. As a State Senator, myself, I shared an office suite with Senator Bond and Senator Paul Coverdell.

After his service in the State Senate, Bond was appointed as the Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). After stepping down in 2008, the NAACP awarded its highest honor, the Spingarn Medal, for his service as chairman as well as his continuous activism. Mr. Bond passed away in August, 2015, leaving behind a legacy of passion, service, and equitable justice.

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