Vice President Kamala Harris visited North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Friday as the second stop on her “Fight For our Freedoms College Tour” which kicked off this week at Hampton University in Virginia. She was met by a cheering crowd in the Corbett Sports Center.
The goal of the tour is to mobilize students and young people ahead of the 2024 election, with a focus on historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, community colleges, and more.
The N.C. A&T event began in the afternoon with a performance by the school's band, the Blue & Gold Marching Machine, and appearances by Congresswoman Alma Adams, Congresswoman Kathy Manning, and Governor Roy Cooper.
Harris, an HBCU alum herself, then shared the stage with two notable N.C. A&T graduates: EPA Administrator Michael Regan and actor Terrence J.
The group emphasized the significance of their educational experiences and spoke out against current efforts to revise how Black history is taught. Harris directly addressed the students.
“In your whole entire life, you have known the climate crisis; in your whole life you have known the significance of gun violence; in your lifetime you have seen the Supreme Court take a Constitutional right that has been recognized, and in your lifetime there are people that are trying to turn the clock back in such a bold and unapologetic way to suggest that we should not teach America’s full history,” said Harris.
Harris took the opportunity to praise the work of the current administration and said there’s more to be done while urging those in attendance to vote. Her tour continues on Sept. 19 in Reading, Pennsylvania.