Tougaloo College and Jackson State University recieved funding from United States Congressman

By Tougaloo College

Two Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Presidents, Dr. Carmen J. Walters of Tougaloo and Thomas K. Hudson of Jackson State University (JSU) stood alongside United States Congressman of the 2nd District, Bennie G. Thompson in the Bankplus Atrium of the College of Business on the Campus of JSU. Congressman Thompson presented Tougaloo a check for $1,000,000.00 for the Reuben V. Anderson Institute for Social Justice. The funding comes from the 2021 Community Projects Special Appropriations for HBCUs. During the press event it was noted that HBCUs have been at the forefront of higher education and innovation since the beginning of their inceptions.

This funding helps to continue to advance elements of the College’s Strategic plan that speaks to boltersing access through research and database needs. President Walters remarked that in the year 2022, the use of libraries has changed as students work to complete research and analysis. In today’s time, the digital use patterns are much different than years past making digitizing and database subscriptions a priority. As Tougaloo continues to find ways to propel its scholars forward, it supports innovative ways to access information by continuing to expand its digital footprint.

Also present was the well known Tougaloo Alum and supportor, Judge Reuben V. Anderson. The institute was established and named in June 2020 after Judge Anderson as he has been a steady force in addressing social injustice through various programs and positions in his career. The institute was birthed after the heinous killing of Mr. George Floyd. Its direct focuses are on educational advancement, criminal justice, and the access that students need as they prepare for careers in law and public policy. It is the goal to prepare our scholars to understand and truly serve their community well with an indepth understanding of the social challenges many face.